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FIRE UPDATE, 2017/11/04 13:15 PDF Print
Saturday, 04 November 2017
fire_update.jpg The Joint Operations Centre (JOC) at Eden District Municipality is still activated, and a follow-up JOC meeting will be convened on 5 November 2017 at 10:30 am.

 There are currently 14 active fires in the Eden district. Since yesterday until today, 4 November 2017, the Herbertsdale, Molen River, one spot in De Vlugt and Waboomskraal wildfires have been extinguished. Two other fires were reported overnight in the Sebrafontein and Anys Mountain areas. Currently, the Dubbelberg area is of greatest concern and receives priority because the fire jumped into the pine plantation – most of the firefighters and resources are deployed here.  Pine trees, which are not indigenous, cause a higher fuel build-up and are less damp than indigenous forests, and lead to more vigorous and intense fires. A Forward Control Point (FCP) has been established at the Buffelsnek Plantation to coordinate firefighting activities at the Dubbelberg fire.

Firefighters currently deployed in the district include:
•    6 from Eden District Municipality
•    25 from Mountain to Ocean (MTO)
•    166 from WoF   
•    14 from Cape Nature
•    Approximately 20 from PG Bison

A Recce flight was conducted this morning at first sight, and will also be conducted tomorrow morning once the fog clears. 

Role players at the Eden DM JOC include Eden District Municipality, SANParks, WoF, Cape Nature, MTO and PG Bison.

Editor’s note:
  • Wildfires move faster uphill than downhill. The steeper the slope, the faster the fire travels.
  • A JOC is a joint operational command platform, consisting of multiple role-players from different spheres of government institutions and any other institutions relating to an incident.
  • A FCP (or also known as an Incident Command Post) serves the purpose of local or fire-specific coordination, and communicates information to a JOC.

For any information regarding the current status of fires within the district, contact Mr Gerhard Otto (Incident Commander and Eden DM Manager: Municipal Disaster Management) on 083 630 2602.
Last Updated ( Sunday, 05 November 2017 )
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