Controlled burns on Table Mountain

The Fire Management Department will be conducting controlled burns in various sections of the Table Mountain National Park (TMNP) in the coming weeks.

The TMNP is in the process of conducting a series of fuel reduction burns in the northern section of the park as done annually.

Tarcia Hendricks, public relations officer for the Cape Region, South African National Parks (SANParks) said the burns will consist only of allocated stacks of wood and slash, being burnt at each location.

“Stack burning usually takes place in colder and wetter months between May and October once a sufficient amount of rain has fallen. The next burn is scheduled for the middle of October and will take place near the Groote Schuur Game Camp, followed by a burn conducted at the Lower Slopes Devil’s Peak,” she said.

“We are unfortunately not able to notify every single homeowner as to the exact day of the burn in advance due to weather conditions on the day being taken into account. No burning will take place during strong or gale force winds nor over weekends or public holidays,” she said.

Landowners have the right to object to the proposed open burning in writing to the Air Quality Management Department on 021 590 5200 or fax: 021 590 5215 or by email: Bronwyn.Davidson@capetown.gov.za

For more information contact Table Mountain National Park Fire Manager, Philip Prins, on 021 689 7438/9 or visit www.sanparks.org