The week behind us has proven to be another busy one with hundreds of outdoor users being tracked. Here are some of the incidents that were attended to.
On Monday afternoon, a member of our Paragliding Tracking group reported a fire on the lower slopes of Lion’s Head, just above the residential area on the Clifton side. Fire Services were in attendance, and we put in a request for the traffic department to manage the road which was congested as a result.
A safety alert was put out to inform hikers of the situation, as well as pilots of the paragliding fraternity. The fire was successfully taken care of by the on-scene fire crews.
Later in the afternoon, we were asked by the Volunteer Wildfire Services (VWS) whether we were tracking any hikers in the Northern section of the Table Mountain National Park (TMNP). VWS received reports of smoke blowing down into the Camps Bay area.
We contacted some of our subscribers on Lion’s Head, Platteklip Gorge and India Venster and asked them whether they saw and/or smelt any smoke in the area. They confirmed smoke, which was relayed to VWS.
Later in the evening, one of our members on the Paragliding Tracking team reported that there were two small fires, one on Devil’s Peak, and the other on the front face of Table Mountain. This was as a result of the lightning. The necessary services were then notified.
On Wednesday morning, again from the Paragliding Safety team, a report of a different fire lower down on Devil’s Peak was received. The necessary services were once again informed