Fire on the Langeberg, Western Cape, South Africa – a “CEASE” Initiative “CEASE FIRE CF1 & CFV1”

On Monday 9 Jan 2017, a fire started on the Langeberg Mountains on the Ashton side. It flared up again last night. Thank you, Olin, Kiewietz for taking me up to where the fire was. There is a short description next to each photo explaining what I saw, & learnt last night. Teams on site: Langeberg Municipality Fire Department: Cape Winelands fire station (Robertson) : Independent contractors from Cape Winelands District Municipality. The primary focus of Langeberg Municipality is house and industrial fires and Cape Winelands focus on Veld fires. I was there last night from 6-9pm trying to capture images that can convey the seriousness and danger that fires pose to all the communities living in the Langeberg. Thank you to all the teams and the community in coming together and preventing a disaster, without them, we could be in the same situation as Somerset west and Paarl. Please note this is my version of what happened, & what I saw & experienced. Please take the time to read the captions and see the full story. I will be posting more information and links on fire awareness in the near future.

A great site for more information on FIRE PREPAREDNESS is: http://winelandsfpa.co.za/information-resources/

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It takes someoneto co-ordinate the teams at various different locations on the mountain

It takes someone to co-ordinate the teams at various different locations on the mountain, and make sure they are in strategic positions to combat the fire

Concern on this young man's face, but he is learning fast

Concern on this young man’s face, but he is learning fast

Fire is very tricky, it almost looked under control when I arrived on scene

Fire is very tricky, it almost looked under control when I arrived on scene

Its back breaking work, & small bottles of waterare the best, as they can be easily carried into the high mountain areas. Best drinks according to the guys are water and energy drinks, fizzy drinks dont work that well. They need to stay hydrated and water is the best. Small snacks like energy bars, peanust and raisons as well as dried fruit are good

Its back breaking work, & small bottles of water are the best, as they can be easily carried into the high mountain areas. Best drinks according to the guys are water and energy drinks, fizzy drinks dont work that well. They need to stay hydrated and water is the best. Small snacks like energy bars, peanuts and raisons as well as dried fruit are good. Logistically its very hard getting food to the guys that are high up in the mountains, sometimes they go without a meal for hours on end

Water is liquid gold, and the main ingredient in killing a fire. Logistically please imagine how complicted it is to get water to a fire on a mountin by vehicle

Water is liquid gold, and the main ingredient in killing a fire. Logistically please imagine how complicated it is to get water to a fire on a mountain by vehicle

So tired, but still had a smile

So tired, but still had a smile

Holding the pipes out of danger of getting damaged

Holding the pipes out of danger of getting damaged

A team effort gets this fire section under control

A team effort gets this fire section under control

Almost done in this section and gettting ready to move to the next danger spot

Almost done in this section and getting ready to move to the next danger spot

The monster truck who literally can climb mountains

The monster truck who literally can climb mountains

Arrived at the next danger spot, remember the teams go by vehicle and mostly by foot in the higher areas, this was lower down

Arrived at the next danger spot, remember the teams go by vehicle and mostly by foot in the higher areas, this was lower down

It flares up literlly in seconds, its so fast I could never have imgined it unless I saw it first hand, luckily they were there

It flares up literally in seconds, its so fast I could never have imgined it unless I saw it first hand, luckily they were there

It gets so hot, one has to stand back for a while and then go in to strategic spots to kill the fire from spreading

It gets so hot, one has to stand back for a while and then go in to strategic spots to kill the fire from spreading

Some of them didnt get to sleep or got very little sleep

Some of them didnt get to sleep or got very little sleep

Fire under control for a few seconds and managed to get a group shot

Fire under control for a few seconds and managed to get a group shot

Going back in

Going back in

It flares up again without warning

It flares up again without warning

The fight

The fight

continues

continues

Nature's strength

Nature’s strength

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It gets super hot, you can see how this man is turning his face away from the heat

Hot work

Hot work

Burning out

Burning out

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The fight again to get it under control

The fight again to get it under control

Tools of the trade

Tools of the trade

A heavy load

A heavy load

working man

working man

back in the action

back in the action

Team effort

Team effort in getting a small fire break by taking back the grass in that area

continues

They have to move fast before the fire reaches them

A few men make the difference

A few men make the difference

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Success, this area is secured

Well done guys, only smoke now

Well done guys, only smoke now

The water truck arrives, and gets set up. It carries approx 600lt and is mixed with a cooling type agent which allows the water to work better on the fire

The water truck arrives, and gets set up. It carries approx 600lt and is mixed with a cooling type agent which allows the water to work better on the fire

getting the hose ready

getting the hose ready

taking water to the fire, to make sure its dead

taking water to the fire, to make sure its dead

They use little backpacks to carry basics

They use little backpacks to carry basics

Here we go again

Here we go again

Up in seconds

Up in seconds

back working hard

back working hard to kill the flames

Too much heat

Too much heat

Powerful fire

Powerful fire

destoys whats in its path

destroys whats in its path

yes so beautiful

yet so beautiful

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Even in black and white the picture is clear

Almost there

Almost there

water truck

water truck

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The water truck has a generator to pump the water through the hose

no words needed

no words needed

so true

so true, and remember many innocent animals get burnt, and injured in these fires

relief

relief

smoking

smoking

Time to get water from the supply truck to the mobile bakkie

Time to get water from the supply truck to the mobile bakkie

Extra supply of water arrives in the monster truck and gets transfered to the smaller vehicle

Extra supply of water arrives in the monster truck and gets transfered to the smaller vehicle

pulling the hose closer

pulling the hose closer

Hose is hooked up

Hose is hooked up

Set up

Set up

Pipes fill with water

Pipes fill with water

Thirsty work

Thirsty work

Releif for this man who is very hot

Relief for this man who is very hot

Preparing to go in with water to the right hand side which is not dead yet, left side is under control

Preparing to go in with water to the right hand side which is not dead yet, left side is under control

Gearing up

Gearing up to go in with the hose from the monster truck

Testing

Testing

Ready to roll

Ready to roll

Ironic to see a fire red sunset walking back to the area all the trucks were stationed

Ironic to see a fire red sunset walking back to the area all the trucks were stationed

A proud team

A proud team

These guys have a wonderful bond, they look out for each other

These guys have a wonderful bond, they look out for each other

A welcome drink

A welcome drink

Sunset fire truck

Sunset fire truck

Olin Kieveitz who took me to the scene, luckily I cam in my bakkie as it was a bumpy ride

Olin Kieveitz on the left, who took me to the scene, luckily I came in my bakkie as it was a bumpy ride

When I left this was the scene — at Langeberg Municipality.

When I left this was the scene — at Langeberg Municipality.

Drinks and snacks staion on a farm nearby, where the teams came to recharge a bit before going out again, Montagu really came together to support these guys

Drinks and snacks station on a farm nearby, where the teams came to recharge a bit before going out again, Montagu really came together to support these guys

Drinks on ice in the bath! I had a sparkling ice cold water, was so refreshing aftet the heat

Drinks on ice in the bath! I had a sparkling ice cold water, was so refreshing after the heat

 

I hope that the very first story of the ‘CEASE” initiative makes a difference to someone, whether it inspires you to go do a fire course, gets you to read up more about the dangers of fire, or makes you realize that volunteering some of your time to help these men and woman is very rewarding. Blessings, Laresa

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The aim of the CEASE Initiative, is to collaborate with people, businesses & organizations, to expose real life situations, heroes, issues & relevant topics, allowing the viewer to gain a greater insight, understanding & perspective of the world around us. By telling stories with images, we hope that people gain knowledge, allowing them to work on solutions, & become enlightened. In turn, allowing us to create more peace, revere our planet, & take care of its majestic beauty, nature, animals, plants & inhabitants.

 

 

 

 

 

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