Mountain Bush Fires in Cape Town as Firefighting Choppers Cool Karbonkelberg’s Flames. Today I would like to share with you some pics of Cape Town’s brave airborne firefighters as they put their choppers into action on the rocks next to Sandy Bay beach near Llandudno (the South African one). Huge ravaging Hout Bay bush fires quenched within hours – Karbonkelberg mountain now cooling down.
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Yesterday evening’s deep red sunset combined with very dark clouds coming over the Karbonkelberg Mountain from Hout Bay ought to have set alarm bells ringing. I therefore shouldn’t have been surprised this morning as I opened the kitchen blinds to see my side of Karbonkelberg in flames. I live in the sunset rocks part of Llandudno (the Cape Town one) which benefits from gorgeous sunsets with views of the Karbonkelberg mountain on one side and the Twelve Apostles mountain range on the other.
Just to set the scene here is a view of the Karbonkelberg Mountain (the Sandy Bay beach side) on a normal day. This was taken from my balcony.
Because of the grey smoke clouds I didn’t take a picture of the sun setting yesterday but to illustrate how it looks on a normal day here are a couple of recent pictures.
Now let’s look at what greeted me when I opened the blinds in my kitchen this morning (all photos are high-definition – just click on them to enlarge and see more detail):
As the sun had not fully risen (it was about 07:00 am) and the wind was still quite strong I also took a couple of pictures from my deck facing the ocean (note to self: next time dress first in case other neighbours are also out with their cameras!).
Fortunately the wind died down after a couple of hours allowing the local Fire Fighting chopper crews to demonstrate how to put mountain fires out when there is a convenient bit of water near by.
If you haven’t seen this in action before the helicopters have what are in effect giant buckets which open when they drop them into the ocean and fill up with water. They then fly with this ‘quenching’ cargo to the edge of the bush fire and release their load onto the flames to try to stop the fire advancing. The regulars at Cape Town’s famous gay nudist beach (Sandy Bay) will have found it particularly entertaining to see firemen with big choppers dropping their load all over the rocks. I suspect this will be a feature of local gay social media sites for some time to come!
Here are some more detailed pics of the choppers in action:
Just to the left of this pic are some caves…here is the view on a ‘normal day’ taken from inside the cave looking out at the ocean. Clearly I won’t be going there today!
That’s it for today. From the reduction in noise levels I assume the chopper activities have moved to another part of Cape Town (which means ‘siesta time’ for you-know-who).
Don’t forget – please be extra careful whenever you go through dry bush areas. It is very easy to start these fires but as you will see from the report above it is very difficult to put them out. Fortunately in the area featured here there were no properties – you can imagine the terrible tragedy involved when this happens in a populated area.
The following pics were taken 2 days after I prepared this report to show how effective the fire crews had been in halting the bush fires. You can see a clear line of demarcation between the grey burned vegetation and the surviving green area (separating the fires from where I live!).
Oh and this is how this local scenery looks from the ocean (including the occasional ship wreck). I took this picture standing on the end of the area which was engulfed in flames (obviously a little while earlier!).
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