7 November 2018
MOSSEL BAY FIRE, RESCUE AND DISASTER MANAGEMENT SERVICE’S FIRE FIGHTING EFFORTS IN THE RECENT GARDEN ROUTE FIRES
Mossel Bay Municipality would like to extend condolences to the community of Karatara and the loved ones of the eight people who died in one of the recent devastating fires that swept through the Garden Route region.
The more than 14 fires that swept through the Garden Route since 24 October 2018 destroyed more than 90 000 hectares vegetation, as well as housing and heritage structures and wildlife.
These fires spread rapidly due to extremely dry weather conditions, strong winds and lightning.
Various communities had to be evacuated and were housed in community halls, schools, churches and clinics. Main roads were also closed due to poor visibility.
Mossel Bay Fire, Rescue and Disaster Management Services played a vital role in the firefighting operation in the Garden Route fires and assisted with among other evacuations, protecting human life, properties and animals as needed.
The Mossel Bay crew assisted as follows:
These fire responses occurred amidst other fire and rescue calls within the Mossel Bay municipal area to which Mossel Bay Municipality Fire, Rescue and Disaster Management Services attended to.
On Monday Mossel Bay Executive Mayor, Alderman Harry Levendal, accompanied the Western Cape Premier, Helen Zille, and Mayors from various neighbouring towns, who were also affected by the devastating fires, on a site visit to amongst other the town of Karatara where 8 people died and other affected areas.
All the fires in the Garden Route have since been extinguished through excellent firefighting operations by all those involved and the welcomed rain the past few days.
There is no need for donations for the affected communities in the Mossel Bay municipal area and specifically Jonkersberg, as everyone that was evacuated as precautionary measure, has since returned to their houses unscathed.
Mossel Bay Municipality would like to thank all the Fire and rescue crews from the various municipalities, all the volunteers and other roleplayers who assisted with the recent firefighting operations in the Garden Route district.Last published 19 November 2018