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Rondevlei Ecological Burn – tomorrow 20 April 2016

An ecological burn will take place along the eastern shoreline of Rondevlei tomorrow 20 April. Wind and weather conditions are predicted to be good to burn this area of the Rondevlei Section of the False Bay Nature Reserve. Most portions of the area to be burnt have not been subjected to fire in over 40 years; a natural fire cycle is in the region of 10 – 12 years. Fire not only removes high fuel loads, reducing the risk of fire, but is also an important ecological driver in stimulating natural vegetation. Incidentally part of the area to be burnt tomorrow is the site of the first planting of the Rondevlei Spiderhead (Serruria foeniculaceae), a member of the Protea family that was thought to be extinct. Two plants were rediscovered by Howard Langley in 1988 and planted on the site opposite the Zeekoevlei hall in that year. These original plants have died and although cuttings from them survive elsewhere on Rondevlei, it is of interest that tomorrows fire may stimulate their seed lying dormant in the soil all these years.

The area to be burnt is adjacent to the beginning of Peninsula Rd, opposite the Zeekoevlei Environmental Education Centre and extends along the shoreline to the Rondevlei observation tower.

Based upon the present weather predictions the fire will commence at 10:30 and will continue until 15:30. Residents along Peninsula Rd are encouraged to keep windows closed and bring in any washing. We have waited for specific northerly wind conditions which are due tomorrow so that smoke should not blown onto residential areas, however Cape Town’s wind doesn’t always check the weather websites.

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Fire along the shoreline of Rondevlei during last years ecological burn.

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