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JOC established to manage St Francis fire

08 January 2021

FIRE UPDATE: ST FRANCIS NEAR THE OYSTER BAY ROAD - 8 JANUARY, MORNING

A Joint Operations Committee (JOC) has been established to manage and deal with the intense fire south of the Oyster Bay Road near St Francis Bay. The fire started on Eskom land, but the cause is yet unknown.
During the course of last night, the wind direction changed to a Westerly direction, which caused the fire to flare up again after it was brought under control.
The JOC meeting was attended by representatives of the Kouga Fire Department, the Disaster Volunteer Group (DVG), Eskom and the Sarah Baartman West Fire Protection Association (SBW FPA), as well as Alderman Ben Rheeder.
The DVG has committed to assist with manpower, food and water, as well as bowsers and fire-fighting equipment as need be, in support of the Kouga Fire Department.
In addition, Eskom has teams on the ground currently working on a fire break in the area.
There is a spotter airplane and a Huey helicopter in the air, dowsing the fire. Approximately 40 Working on Fire crew are also on their way.
We respectfully request that the public remain calm and await official information, which will be released as circumstances change.