Muizenberg burns on 17th December 2011.
One suspects an arsonist set the mountain alight
around midday on the 17th December. Fortunately the wind was not howling from
the south east direction, but it did pick up around that time. The situation
could have been a lot worse.
Boyes Drive was closed to traffic for the duration, as visibility was nil in the area, and operating space was required for the fire engines and personnel.
The Working for Fire helicoptors from the Newlands base
arrived quickly, along with the fire department personnel and other disaster
crews and management support.
......and off to the fire.
The second Huey filled up and is making its way towards the mountain.
Empty bucket and going back to the vlei to fill up.
Dropping a load on the higher slopes. It requires exceptional skill and training to fly into blinding smoke and towards a steep mountain slope, with up and down draught winds effecting the flying work area.
Well done to the chopper pilots and crew, the support guys and girls. Also a big thank you to the fire fighters up the slopes and those "manning" the hoses and beating the flames. You saved the day.
An "Open Day" at the Newlands base on 03/12/2011.
The bambi bucket being demonstrated.
One of the 2 helicoptors which came to Muizenberg with its bambi bucket. These photos were taken in the morning on 17/12/2011.
....and the other one.