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Rondevlei Fire 2 January 2015

05 Jan 2015 Posted by in Environment | 4 comments

Rondevlei has had four fires in the past week; the first one on the 30 December 2014 that burnt seasonal wetlands on the southern side of the vlei. The recent fire on Fri 2 January started on the western side of the vlei near 14th Ave, Prince George Drive.

The wind at the time had just swung to South West as a local low pressure system moved on to the Cape Peninsula. This wind drove the fire perfectly through the reed beds along the southern shore of Rondevlei. The vegetation that burnt was mostly 10 – 12 years old veld, which is within the burning age, if not a bit on the young side. There were dedicated attempts to stop the fire by City Fire Services and the City’s Nature Conservation staff. Despite these efforts, the Otter Bush Camp, which is situated on the Rondevlei southern shore, was burnt down.

The camp was built in 2003 and has hosted thousands of children over the years on overnight programmes run by the Cape Town Environmental Education Trust (CTEET). In the long term this camp site was going to be relocated to the southern shore of Zeekoevlei as part of the development of the False Bay Nature Reserve. Although there were plans to do away with this camp site long term, the immediate loss of the camp will be sorely felt in the environmental education programmes at the site.

The fire started on the western side of Rondevlei. It was almost extinguished, but got into the reed beds and was driven by the south-westerly wind.

The fire started on the western side of Rondevlei. It was almost extinguished, but got into the reed beds and was driven by the south-westerly wind.

The Otter Bush Camp burning as seen from the Rondevlei water.

The Otter Bush Camp burning as seen from the Rondevlei water.

Otter Bush Camp before the fire.

Otter Bush Camp before the fire.

Pretty much nothing remains of the Otter Bush Camp after the fire has passed through it.

Pretty much nothing remains of the Otter Bush Camp after the fire has passed through it.

 

  1. DAGNY01-05-15

    so sorry to hear this was an act of vandalism! A huge thank you to you and your team of guys who were out there fighting valiantly to put out the fire before it swept towards Peninsula road and before more damage was done.
    hopefully the city can help to resurrect the bush camp.

  2. Lee01-06-15

    Beverage donations to the firefighters were made by FoZR and the Peninsula Superette. Thanks to all that worked to ensure fire damage was limited!

  3. Charlene01-10-15

    Thank you for keeping us updated. Thank you to everyone who helped contain the blaze. I hope there is funding for a phoenix to arise from the bush camp ashes.
    Regards, Charlene

  4. najoewa01-14-15

    Hi jus want to know what time you people open and close in the week plz

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