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Notice of Prescribed Ecological Burn

30 Mar 2016 Posted by in News and Events | Comments


CoCT

To owner and resident 

Notice of Prescribed Ecological Burn

 

Where: False Bay Nature Reserve, Rondevlei Section, Erf 1834

Date: March – April 2016 (date weather dependent)

 

Please note:

 

  • Application has been made to obtain the required burning permit from both City Health’s Air Pollution Control Section and City Fire and Rescue Services.
  • False Bay Nature Reserve staff will be conducting a prescribed ecological burn along the northern / north-eastern shoreline of the Rondevlei section, between the fishing platforms and the main vlei, as well as around the island and along the Peninsula Road fence line.
  • The vegetation to be burned on the site consists predominantly of Cape Flats dune strandveld vegetation and reedbeds. The reduction and removal of the biomass by burning will:

-        Assist in controlling the excessive growth of reed beds in the wetland

-        Reduce excess nutrients in the wetland ecosystem and promote healthy nutrient cycling

-        Rejuvenate senescent (old and overgrown) vegetation and enhance biodiversity

-        Reduce the available fuel load which poses a risk of uncontrolled wildfires

 

  • Professional and competent fire fighters, as well as fire -fighting equipment and vehicles will be present during the burn.
  • Precautionary measures will be taken to ensure the operation is executed safely.
  • The burn will be executed during a northerly / north-westerly wind direction, therefore smoke and ash will be directed away from residential areas surrounding the reserve. However, there is potential for drifting smoke fumes, therefore we advise that windows be kept closed on the day of the burn and hanging laundry outdoors should be avoided.
  • Please note we will only carry out the prescribed burn if the weather conditions are ideal. Controlled ecological burning will NOT take place on Fridays, public holidays or weekends.
  • Rondevlei may be closed to the public on the day of the burn operation if required for safety reasons, but such closure will be indicated by public notice at the entrance gate if necessary.
  • Residents have seven days after the issue of this notice to voice their concerns and/or objections to the proposed burn.

 

For any queries, comments or objections, please contact Tamaryn Khan (Reserve Supervisor: False Bay Nature Reserve – Rondevlei Section) at 021 396 4283 or Tamaryn.Khan@capetown.gov.za, or alternatively contact Phumela Hoza (Senior Air Quality Practitioner: City of Cape Town Air Quality Management) at 021 590 5200 / 9 or Phumela.Hoza@capetown.gov.za.
Date of issue: 10/03/2016

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