Northern Cape wildfires mostly contained bar the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Fire
The major wildfires that burned in the Northern Cape Province, have mostly been contained. This is according to the situation report from Savage Breytenbach, the incident commander for the Northern Cape Wildfire Response Team, released on 9 September 2021 at 17h00.The Daniëlskuil Complex Fire had no activity reported on any of the fires within this complex by 17h00. The McCarthey Fire had a flare up with active burning on the Botswana side of the border. The Northern Cape Wildfire Response Incident Command team is monitoring the situation. The Kgalagadi Transfrontier Fire has a fire front of 179kms, a forward spread of 2,9km per hour and predicted direction of spread of southeasterly for the next 48 hours. Values at risk in the next 12 hours include unprotected park infrastructure within 12kms of the border between 25.0024, Lon: 20.322 to Lat: -25.1927, Lon: 20.4445, a distance of 25kms.
The Kgalagadi Fire has been burning in Botswana for a number of weeks and crossed into South Africa over a distance of 10km from Lat: -25.0024, Lon: 20.322 to Lat: -25.0772, Lon: 20.3938 between 11h00 and 14h00. The head of the fire was already 7,5km into South Africa at 15h10 today (9 September 2021). The Northern Cape Wildfire Response Team is currently monitoring situation at the incident command post.
One fire occurred in Kathu at approximately 11h00 but was quickly contained while a new fire was reported 30km from Kuruman near Kono at 16h30 and was contained at 17h30.
Three day outlook
The small number of new fires within the JTG and the Northern parts of the Frances Baard District was contained rapidly and no flare-ups on old fire lines were reported. The Kgalagadi Transfrontier Fire has potential to spread over large areas within the next 48 hours. Weather conditions remains conducive to the rapid spread of wildfires. High fuel loads increase the risk of high intensity fires occurring over the next 48 to 72 hours.
Coordination of response and monitoring of active fires is taking place. Currently spontaneous community volunteers with their resources are coordinated through the Northern Cape Wildire Incident Command Post by the Incident Command Team (IMT). The available Working on Fire teams are on standby with local volunteer resources as rapid response strike teams.
Working on Fire fire fighters from the Free State are assisting the Free State Umbrella Fire Protection Association and landowners with the Northern Cape wildfires. A total of 39 fire fighters from the Brandfort and Kroonstad teams have been dispatched including two regional managers and an assistant general manager. The team also includes two fire trucks and a passenger bus.
Source: Savage Breytenbach, IC, Northern Cape Wildfire Response Team, Free State Umbrella Fire Protection Association; Working on Fire