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30 October 2018

Garden Route District Fire Update 2018/10/30 @ 10:00

 

MUNICIPAL AREA
Garden Route District except the George Municipal area

LOCATION
Multiple Locations, including Karatara, Rheenendal etc.

DELEGATION TO VISIT THE GARDEN ROUTE
MEC Mbombo (Minister of Health), MEC Fritz (Minister of Social Development) as well as MEC Bredell (Minister Local Government and Environmental Affairs) will be visiting the affected areas of the Garden Route. The Premier of the Western Cape, Helen Zille, might visit the Garden Route District tomorrow.

CURRENT SITUATION

The safety of public, emergency services personnel working on this fire and protection of infrastructure remains a priority for the Incident Management team and all firefighters. The primary objective of teams is to prevent the spread of wildfire beyond existing fire lines.

The focus areas today will include: Northern areas currently affected due to the south-westerly winds. These include Eseljacht, Ganzekraal and Louvain. In addition, the eastern border of the fire (Knysna municipal area) is being driven by gale-force westerly winds. This remains a concern for the current operational period.

Aerial resources will be moved to priority areas as decided by the Incident Management Team. It proved to be difficult to get aerial resources airborne yesterday due to the thick layer of smoke and morning fog in George area.

EVACUATIONS

· Nearly 1000 people from the Karatara area have been evacuated as at 09:00

· Nearly 200 people from the Western side of Rheenendal have been evacuated and more are being evacuated.

STATUS OF FIRES

1. KARATARA: Fire not contained, majority of resources deployed to this area.

2. BERGPLAAS: To be mopped up, monitoring of area taking pace.

3. DENNEOORD: Flare-up at this area and it is being attended to.

4. GARCIA PASS: Fire contained, mopping-up taking place.

5. GANZEKRAAL: Farm burnt down last night – a three (3) km fire line is still active and firefighters have been deployed to the area.

6. WABOOMSKRAAL: Fire contained, mopping-up taking place.

7. HEROLD: Fire contained, mopping-up taking place.

8. OPSOEK FIRE (Zoar): Assessment still in progress.

9. JONKERSBERG FIRE: Fire contained, mopping-up taking place.

10. GROOTVADERSBOS: Assessment still in progress.

11. SAASVELD/BERGPLAAS: Fire contained, mopping-up taking place.

12. DE HOOP NATURE RESERVE: Assessment still in progress.

13. TOORWATER: Fire contained, mopping-up taking place.

14. HARTEBEES AREA: Firefighters attending to this fire

LOSS OF LIFE

A total of eight fatalities have been confirmed. Two (2) adults and six (6) children under the age of 12 years.

LOSS OF INFRASTRUCTURE

Structures lost thus far:

· Ou tolhuis;

· Beervlei: 3 x structures;

· Garden Route Horse Trails: 4 x structures;

· Farleigh bosdorp :12 houses;

· Geelhoutvlei Timbers Sawmill;

· Various plantations;

WEATHER

Predominantly westerly wind today - strong on the northern side, which is expected to continue throughout today and tomorrow (31 October 2018). Prediction for today and tomorrow is 6 ml rain. The rain has not had a major impact on the wildfires. Winds are not in favour of making back burns due to its unpredictability and the risk of spotting – the wind has however moved smoke away from George.

RESOURCES

Some of the resources deployed to the Garden Route, especially the George and Knysna Municipal areas, have also been deployed to Swellendam, Heidelberg, Swartberg, Ladismith/Calitzdorp areas.

Nearly 600 resources deployed across the Garden Route District.

Breakdown:

· Garden Route District Municipality Fire Services: 20

· WoF: More than 280 people (the Free State and the entire Western Cape)

· Cape Nature: 60

· Mossel Bay LM: 6

· Bitou LM: 2

· NCC: 36

· Oudtshoorn LM: 2

· George Fire Department: 15

· PDMC: 1

· Knysna LM: 5

· SanParks: 25

· SCFPA: 4

· MTO: 80

· ACSA : Tankers from PE as well as Cape Town

· Overberg DM: 5

· West Coast DM: 13

· Go George: 10

· EMS: Incident command bus and 5 staff;

· ER 24

· 1 SANDF Oryx Helicopter

· Two Aerial Tractors (Fixed wing aircraft)

· Two Huey Helicopters from WoF

· 1 Private Helicopter

OTHER:
The Department of Social Services has been rendering trauma counselling to the bereaved as well as those traumatised by the fires. Die Department of Education arranged for school children to stay on safe school grounds until conditions at home improved.

DONATIONS

Please contact the George Fire Department for more information.

EMERGENCY CALL CENTRE: 044 805 5071

Issued by Garden Route DM JOC

Last published 30 October 2018