WC govt responds to accusations of not doing enough to fight Betty's Bay fires

The residents of Betty's Bay are accusing authorities of not doing enough to curb the fire which started on New Year's Eve and spread to other areas.

Ann in Betty's Bay says authorities had not done all they could to completely control and extinguish the fires that swept through Pringle and Betty's Bay.

She says the helicopters that were water bombing the area were stopped for no apparent reason causing the fire to spread.

She is demanding that the authorities provide reasons why they stopped the helicopters from extinguishing the fire.

Western Cape Local Government Department spokesperson, James-Brent Styan, responds to allegations that more could have been done to prevent the spreading of the devastating Betty's Bay fire which caused one fatality.

Read: Betty's Bay fire stretches over 5 000 hectares

Fighting a fire like this is not only about the wind but also about the ground team. You can't just drop water if there is no ground team close enough to continue fighting the fire after the water is dropped.

James-Brent Styan, Western Cape Local Government Department spokesperson

Another thing is that the terrain is extremely difficult...

James-Brent Styan, Western Cape Local Government Department spokesperson

Styan says it is still not clear what the reasons for withdrawing the helicopters were. He says investigations will be conducted to determine those factors.

When people say we don't do enough, I completely disagree with that.

James-Brent Styan, Western Cape Local Government Department spokesperson

To hear the rest of the of the conversation with James-Brent Styan, listen below:


This article first appeared on CapeTalk : WC govt responds to accusations of not doing enough to fight Betty's Bay fires


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