Eden Fire and Rescue Service assisted with firefighting operations at three fires yesterday.
Allegedly this fire originated from a lightning strike that occurred South of the “Engelse berg” (North of Mossel Bay), about two weeks week ago. The high day temperatures as well as berg wind conditions over the past week-end caused the fire to re-ignite and about 4600 Ha burnt from Friday the 28th of April to Sunday the 30th of April 2017. Included in the area that burnt is the MTO Pinegrove plantation of about 650 Ha.
Cooler weather and less windy conditions helped teams to bring this fire under control on Sunday night. Yesterday about 137 people were deployed around this fire to assist with mainly mopping-up operations as well as to attend to some flare-ups, occurring at the head of the fire in Van Niekerks Kloof.
Today these operations continued with approximately 107 personnel from the following institutions:
Cape Nature, MTO, SCFPA, Eden District Municipality as well as the Mossel Bay Municipality and Working On Fire staff assisted by volunteers led by Mr. Craig Viljoen and local farmers.
Yesterday late afternoon a fire was reported in the DAFF plantation at Witfontein. The cause of this fire is still being investigated, but fortunately the rapid deployment of the Heuy helicopter, on stand-by at the George airport, saved the day with this fire being brought under control within the hour after being reported. Teams from MTO is still busy with mopping-up at this fire.
- Herold/Montagu Pass
A fire was reported in Harold about a month ago. This fire also re-ignited this week- end and jumped the Montagu Pass yesterday. The Eden Fire and rescue teams did not respond to this fire as all their resources were committed to the previously mentioned fires. The George Municipal Fire and rescue service assisted with firefighting operations at this fire that was also brought under control during last night.