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Rondevlei Ecological burn

The ecological burn of the eastern shoreline of Rondevlei was successfully completed last week; with a cold front coming on behind and reducing the amount of time needed to manage the fire. Some pictures below show scenes from the ecological burn. The area that was burnt had vegetation that was mostly 40 years+; where as more natural conditions have a fire driven landscape of 10 – 20 years. Thank you to all residents who put up with the smoke, vehicles and business on the roads. Several people have asked for some feed back on this burn so I have posted some pictures here.

The initial reed beds being lit. Bulrush reed beds are very fire prone and will recover quickly from their root bases after a fire.

The initial reed beds being lit. Bulrush reed beds are very fire prone and will recover quickly from their root bases after a fire.

 

The next three photographs demonstrate how fire prone vegetation can be. This indigenous Cliffortia plant \(the green bush) is growing in wet vlei conditions yet in its green state it will burn vigorously.

The next three photographs demonstrate how fire prone vegetation can be. This indigenous Cliffortia plant (the green bush) is growing in wet vlei conditions yet in its green state it will burn vigorously.

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Cliffortia torching in its green state. Seeds from this plant will germinate this winter to replace this plant.

Within minutes a Cliffortia plant burns in its green state. Seeds from this plant will germinate this winter to replace the adult plant.

Burning around the Eland boma.

Burning around the Eland boma.

Fire being kept away from the Eland boma

Fire being kept away from the Eland boma; the animals were safely elsewhere for the day.

Keeping fire away from shoreline infrastructure.

Keeping fire away from shoreline infrastructure.

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A lookout checks for spot fires behind his crew mates.

A lookout checks for spot fires behind his crew mates.

A smoking landscape after the flames have passed.

A smoking landscape after the flames have passed.

Mopping up and making safe at the end of the day.

Mopping up and making safe at the end of the day.

 

 

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