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Last modified: 11 Jan 2021
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Rain aids fire-fighting efforts at St Francis

09 January 2021


Overnight rain helped fire-fighting efforts in the St Francis area as roleplayers continued monitoring and mopping up following the fire which broke out on 7 January on Eskom land, West of the St Francis Links.

Kouga Municipality's Fire Chief, Dewald Barnard, reports this morning that the fires are now under control but that all emergency services will remain on duty until the area is confirmed safe.

Motorists are still discouraged from using the Oyster Bay road today.

During the 9am JOC meeting this morning - attended by Kouga Cllr Brenton Williams, Fire Chief Dewald Barnard, the Disaster Volunteer Group (DVG), Eskom and representatives from Kouga/Koukamma Disaster Management and the Sarah Baartman District Municipality - the authorities thanked everyone for their assistance and contributions yesterday, especially local farmers and the public.

The spotter airplane carried out a recce flight this morning and from findings and photos supplied, as well as an assessment by senior fire services personnel, it was decided that today’s efforts would focus on the SW and NE sections of the affected area.

Wind conditions are expected to hamper efforts this afternoon. Efforts will be concentrated on the areas still burning between dunes and short farmland grass towards Oyster Bay and Umzamawethu to the West and homes and livestock to the East.

The Huey helicopter and spotter airplane will remain on duty for the day to support ground efforts. Patrol vehicles will also monitor the areas adjacent to the Oyster Bay road.

No electrical damage to power lines was reported and no loss of human lives nor homes.

There will be approximately 60 boots on the ground today, including the Working on Fire and Eskom teams. The DVG will once again supply food and beverages in support of the crews.

At present, there is no call for donations of sustenance from the public and all donations were much appreciated yesterday.

Members of the public are respectfully asked to remain calm and await official information, which will be released if circumstances change.

Photo taken on 9 January 2021 at 09:30 and supplied by the pilots of the spotter airplane.