Working on Fire had deployed 196 firefighters and management and 18 vehicles, 9 aircraft to assist the fire authorities in Overberg (Kleinmond) with firefighting.
On Tuesday 18 January 2022, the Minister for Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment, Ms. Barbara Creecy, will visit the Kleinmond area following the fire that destroyed 5,417 ha of vegetation and left one structure burned.
Last week, Minister Creecy announced that, in the interest of public accountability, the Director General of the Department of Forestry, Fisheries and Environment (DFFE) has requested the Acting Director General of SANParks to carry out an assessment of the fire. Tomorrow’s visit will allow Minister Creecy to glimpse the extent of the damage caused by the fire, while she awaits the report whose evaluation, once processed, will be made public.
Last week, the Department’s Working on Fire deployed ground and air assets to assist with fire suppression efforts in the area. Working on Fire had deployed 196 firefighters and management and 18 vehicles, 9 aircraft to assist the fire authorities in Overberg (Kleinmond) with firefighting. A total of 134 additional firefighters and management from local municipalities and agencies (Overberg District Municipality, Overstrand Municipality and Cape Nature) were also deployed to douse the flames.
Minister Creecy will meet with firefighters to personally thank them for their efforts.