Twelve Apostles Fire – The Burnt Western Slopes

In mid-October 2017 the Twelve Apostles range of Table Mountain burnt over the course of 5 days in dense alien vegetation on the privately owned lower slopes and in old stands of fynbos within the Table Mountain National Park.  It was a somewhat unusual fire in that it occurred in spring, before the typical Cape fire season. No human life was lost, and no notable damage to infrastructure was suffered. At the end of the day what we know as the #12ApostlesFire was a good ecological burn. I have been monitoring the fynbos regeneration and wildlife activity within the fire affected region and regularly visit the Twelve Apostles to observe changes to the landscape.

Scroll down for the details and images contained in the next update.

Cape Town – 16 October 2017

“By midday yesterday (15/10/2017) the #12ApostlesFire seemed to be under control and largely extinguished with the help of good rainfall.

With additional rain today it should stamp this fire out completely and according to Working on Fire & SANParks – Table Mountain National Park the burn area covered approximately 900 hectares across Table Mountain, that’s roughly 15% of the mountain. 
Not everything has burnt within this footprint due to factors such as rock screes, steep cliffs, patches of Afromontane forest, changes in wind direction and of course the influence of firefighting efforts.

Here are a few images looking at the southern section of the 12 Apostles range of Table Mountain, showing the extent of the burn along the western slopes.

To see the early stages of the fire from above, view the video here:

Follow Working on Fire for the latest updates.”

Original post HERE

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#12ApostlesFire burn area.

The Slopes Of Table Mountain Burn can be viewed HERE

The Night Scene Above Hout Bay can be viewed HERE

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