| JUST IN | SANParks suspects arson in huge Cape Town wildfire, R10 000 reward offered

A firefighter surveys the flames from a distance in the Vredehoek area of Cape Town on 19 April 2021.

A firefighter surveys the flames from a distance within the Vredehoek save of Cape Town on 19 April 2021.

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  • A fable into the novel devastating Table Mountain fire has been launched.
  • The investigation found that the gigantic wildfire used to be began deliberately.
  • Rehabilitation efforts are peaceable ongoing extra than two months after the hearth.

The broad wildfire within the Table Mountain National Park (TMNP) in April used to be began deliberately, an investigation has uncovered.

SANParks probed the blaze that destroyed 600 hectares of land, in conjunction with aspects of UCT and Table Mountain, and published its findings to the media on Thursday.

Two separate investigations were performed to resolve the goal, liability and financial impact of the hearth – one by UCT and the opposite by SANParks

In a fable on the SANParks investigation, fire investigator Favor Erasmus stated CCTV images confirmed that a automobile used to be parked shut to the save enthusiastic, appropriate sooner than the hearth began.

Erasmus stated:

We managed to survey the CCTV images within the save and particular that sooner than the hearth began, a automobile used to be viewed on the shoulder of the road, driving very leisurely and a immediate time later, the hearth used to be began. We imagine the hearth used to be began by human intent.

He added that they were unable to liberate data regarding the auto.

The investigation additionally published that the firebreaks within the save round Devils Prime were in save and had been maintained sooner than the hearth season. 

The TMNP subscribes to the Cape Peninsula firebreak machine.

“On this fire, windblown embers travelled lengthy distances and prompted fresh fires to begin, which intended that firebreaks weren’t an efficient manner of fighting the hearth from spreading. The longest distance travelled by a burning ember recorded on the day used to be over 350 m when it location a palm tree alight on Main Road within the Claremont save,” the fable learn.

A R10 000 reward has been issued for any data regarding the blaze.

On Sunday, 18 April, the hearth began within the vicinity of Rhodes Memorial.

Fanned by solid winds, it mercurial unfold across the mountain, engulfed the Rhodes Memorial Restaurant and Tea Backyard, and unfold to UCT’s campus, destroying several historical buildings.

A minimal of 11 buildings were broken.

The blaze used to be contained after several days.

At the height of efforts to govern it, extra than 250 firefighters were deployed to the save and to boot they got aerial enhance from no longer lower than four helicopters.

More to exhaust.

Correction: Within the original version of this text it stated the investigation additionally published that no fire breaks were put in save.This used to be no longer the case. The article has been changed to reflect this.

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