George fire update: Outeniqua Pass remains closed

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George fire update: Outeniqua Pass remains closed

Monday 29th October, 11h00 Outeniqua Pass remains closed until further notice.

STATUS OF FIRE

Karatara:

Fire remains active in the mountain area in Karatara but is currently contained by South African National Parks (SANParks). Backburns and firebreaks will be done during the course of the day.
Outeniqua Mountain:

Outeniqua Fire remains active on the mountain slopes. Backburns from the horseshoe to the back of the Denneoord Water Works were successful yesterday. A number of firebreaks have been put in place by the George Municipality to act as a line of defense for the urban interface.

Aerial Support: Two huey helicopters, two fixed wing bombers and SANDF Oryx Helicopter are in place to render aerial support. All aerial support relying on weather conditions, currently poor visibility due to smoke. Wind direction is due to change from 12pm onwards.

Resources: Currently over 300 resources available in the field.

Please put the following measures in place:

Keep windows and doors closed until further notice as protection against smoke and heat.
Keep pets indoors where possible.
Move garden furniture that is flammable under cover where possible.
Wet thatch roofs, ensure gutters are clean.
Elderly and persons with health issues who are able to voluntarily remove themselves from the areas adjacent to slopes of the mountain to please do so.

All donations towards the firefighting efforts must please be delivered to the George Fire Brigade at Mitchell Street.

Thank you for all the donations so far. We are in need of the following:

• smaller bottles of water (not 5L) for the firefighters
• Juices / Energades
• Lip Ice Vaseline
• Wet Wipes
• Rehydrate
• Chocolates / Energy bars / Bar Ones

Please drop at the George Fire Brigade in Mitchell street behind Outeniqua Primary sport fields.• smaller bottles of water (not 5L) for the firefighters

• Juices / Energades
• Lip Ice Vaseline
• Wet Wipes
• Rehydrate
• Chocolates / Energy bars / Bar Ones

Please drop at the George Fire Brigade in Mitchell street behind Outeniqua Primary sport fields.

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