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SANParks update: Cape Point fires

2 March 2018 5:48 PM
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SANParks Acting Park Manager Gavin Bell gives CapeTalk's John Maytham an update on the fires.

SANParks Acting Park Manager Gavin Bell gives CapeTalk's John Maytham an update on the fires.

Bell says the fire moved down on the False Bay sidefrom the Cape Point Road towards the Atlantic coastline.

We are investigating whether it was arson - our fire investigators get on there as soon as possible and start working out the origin of the fire and if there are any clues left. It is a crime scene as soon as we investigate.

Gavin Bell, SANParks Acting Park Manager

He explains that it burnt out against a previous fire from a couple of years ago.

So there was very young fynbos there that didn't catch alight.

Gavin Bell, SANParks Acting Park Manager

Then it moved across to the Atlantic side where it eventually burnt up against the beach.

So it was contained there.

Gavin Bell, SANParks Acting Park Manager

He says teams that had been working were replaced with fresh firefighters, another 86 crew. Helicopters were brought in on Thursday and Friday.

Though the fire is contained, it can only be controlled when it is what we call 'dead out'. So with this wind, you are going to get flare-ups but the perimeter is contained.

Gavin Bell, SANParks Acting Park Manager

Cover photograph courtesy Twitter Working On Fire

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This article first appeared on CapeTalk : SANParks update: Cape Point fires


2 March 2018 5:48 PM
Tags:
SANParks
Cape Point Nature Reserve
Cape Point fire

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