Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Report: Firebreaks set for Outeniqua Mountains

FIREFIGHTERS from six Working on Fire (WoF) teams will start cutting firebreaks today in the Outeniqua Mountains above the Garden Route Dam in George.

This is to eradicate old and alien vegetation and it will be followed by controlled burns starting in three weeks time, to improve water run-off into the catchment area of the dam.

Due to extreme drought conditions in George, the dam level has dropped to 18,2% and has been stretched to supply Wilderness residents with water after the Touw River stopped flowing last week.

Eden disaster management head Gerhard Otto said yesterday it was decided to use the extra WoF teams brought in from KwaZulu Natal and the Free State last week to help contain fires between Bitou and Still Bay.

Read the full text of this report at http://www.theherald.co.za/article.aspx?id=531642

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