Contentious firebreaks not a quick fix, says City

The City of Cape Town says the state of firebreaks across the Cape are being exaggerated by ecologist Prof Eugene Moll.

This comes after Moll advised that authorities haven't taken enough measures to ensure that wildfires are easily contained when they break out.

Moll says the difficulty with containing fires is partly due to the poor maintenance of firebreaks across the city, among other things.

However, the City's JP Smith claims that firebreaks alone do not have the ability to contain the recent fires which have been raging amid extremely strong winds.

If you've been at those scenes where there are fires, you'd know that those embers carry over a very long distance. You'd need insanely wide firebreaks.

JP Smith, MayCo Member for Safety and Security

You'd have very little greenbelts left anywhere if you had to contain those kinds of firebreaks.

JP Smith, MayCo Member for Safety and Security

He advises that drone technology may help improve the monitoring of fires, adding that private property owners need to take responsibility and maintain their firebreaks too.

Smith says Moll is proposing solutions that Cape Town fire chief Ian Schnettle does not agree with.

Take a listen to his take here:


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