DAFF denies its cut dried pine branches intensified Overberg fires

The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) has rubbished claims that the fires in the Overberg area were exacerbated by the pine trees that were cut and left to dry.

DAFF Forestry Manager in the WC, Cyril Ndou says those allegations are not true, explaining that there were branches left behind by a company that is leasing the land whose contract is coming to an end.

He says when the pine trees are cut, the branches are scattered forming part of the ecosystem, but because the area is fynbos vegetation, the fires were bound to happen at some stage.

Read: Overberg fire update and the science behind how fire moves explained

That vegetation has its own fire regime. It is bound to burn at a certain stage.

Cyril Ndou, Western Cape DAFF forestry manager

Forestry was established within an ecosystem of the fynbos so when these fires start even forestry burns.

Cyril Ndou, Western Cape DAFF forestry manager

Ndou says the department has been assisting when these disasters happen and he will be in contact with Working on Fire to map a way forward.

To hear the rest of the conversation with DAFF representative, listen below:


Recommended

by NEWSROOM AI
Read More
Overberg fire update and the science behind how fire moves explained

Overberg fire update and the science behind how fire moves explained

It's day five of a continuous battle against the Overberg fires. Forensic investigator David Klatzow explains how fire moves.

[UPDATE] Watch video as Overberg fires claims 31 houses

[UPDATE] Watch video as Overberg fires claims 31 houses

Reports indicate that 31 residential properties have been completely destroyed due to the Overberg fires.

Betty's Bay structures burning, says fire chief

Betty's Bay structures burning, says fire chief

Authorities say strong winds caused the flare-up and the fire is spreading fast

Betty's Bay is under threat, says fire chief

Betty's Bay is under threat, says fire chief

Fires are now raging in Franskraal, Karwyderskraal and Betty's Bay where the inferno is moving down the mountain towards the road.

Overstrand blaze flares up amid calls for crackdown on fire starters

Overstrand blaze flares up amid calls for crackdown on fire starters

The Overberg fire chief says three fire lines have flared up and an evacuation order has been issued for the Franskraal area.

Fatal Overberg blaze contained but firefighters remain on watch

Fatal Overberg blaze contained but firefighters remain on watch

Although there are currently no active fire lines, fire teams will remain on standby for at least 48 hours to monitor any changes.

Betty's Bay fire stretches over 5 000 hectares

Betty's Bay fire stretches over 5 000 hectares

The fire which started in Betty's Bay now covers three jurisdictional areas, explains Overberg fire chief Reinhard Geldenhuys.

Popular articles
Land Claims Court ruling: 'Jubilation when judgment was handed down'

Land Claims Court ruling: 'Jubilation when judgment was handed down'

Association of Rural Advancement director Laurel Oettle praises ruling by ConCourt to uphold move to appoint a special master.

[WATCH] Ndlovu Youth Choir shine once again with latest AGT performance

[WATCH] Ndlovu Youth Choir shine once again with latest AGT performance

The inspiring South African choirU2's Beautiful Day at America's Got Talent quarter-finals.

Want to get rich? Got R100? You don’t need millions to start

Want to get rich? Got R100? You don’t need millions to start

Bruce Whitfield interviews Anthea Gardner, author of "Make Your Money Work for You: Think Big, Start Small".

SA’s richest woman opens up about being a refugee and becoming a billionaire

SA’s richest woman opens up about being a refugee and becoming a billionaire

Magda Wierzycka – Sygnia’s renegade CEO – on her attitude toward money (hopes and fears, successes and failures, etc.).

Mystery solved: Why smelly, blue sewage has been leaking into Cape Town forest

Mystery solved: Why smelly, blue sewage has been leaking into Cape Town forest

The reason for the leakage has been revealed, explains Table Mountain Aerial Cableway MD Wahida Parker.

The SA ballet star defying race and gender stereotypes

The SA ballet star defying race and gender stereotypes

Andile Ndlovu is a dancer with the Washington Ballet but is currently back in South Africa in Sleeping Beauty at the Artscape.

W Cape traffic chief: Stay close to other motorists on N2 to stay safe

W Cape traffic chief: Stay close to other motorists on N2 to stay safe

W Cape Traffic Chief Kenny Africa says private security working with the department is helping curb the stonings on the highway.

Were missing SA men victims of Vietnamese organ harvesting syndicate?

Were missing SA men victims of Vietnamese organ harvesting syndicate?

Gift of the Givers fears two South African men who went missing in Vietnam may have fallen prey to an organ harvesting syndicate.

'Not impossible' wife killer Rob Packham would reoffend if released - prosecutor

'Not impossible' wife killer Rob Packham would reoffend if released - prosecutor

Susan Galloway talks to Melanie Rice about the extensive public interest in the Packham and the Van Breda murder trials.