Fires in South Africa

Fires in South Africa

9 March 2009

A number of fires were still burning in Western Cape in South Africa when the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite captured this image on 1 March 2009.

1 March 2009

The large image provided above is at MODIS’ maximum spatial resolution (level of detail) of 250 meters per pixel.

(source: earth observatory)

The Western Cape burns

9 March 2009

Western Cape emergency services are continuing to battle several fires raging across the province.

Hundreds of people have been left homeless after a fire swept through a squatter camp in Langa in Cape Town.

Officials say that at least 400 shacks were destroyed after a blaze broke out in the Joe Slovo informal settlement in the early hours of Monday morning.

At the same time a number of firefighters and helicopters continue to battle blazes in the Helderberg and Drakenstein areas.

While the fire in the Paarl region smoulders, infernos in Stellenbosch are again proving to be problematic.

A fresh blaze started in the Jonkershoek area and was being fuelled by gale force winds.

The Helshoogte Pass had to be closed to traffic as the close proximity to the fire posed a danger to motorists.

Cape Winelands Fire Service’s Graham Roberts said the fire was erratic.

“It jumped the Helshoogte Pass that is why we had to close the pass. We managed to stop it on the old pass and actually tied it up on the old pass a couple of days ago,” said Roberts.

Meanwhile, Drakenstein fireman will continue to damp down smouldering hotspots in Paarl for the next few days.


Images of the fires in Paarl:

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