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.
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Cape Town – 18 October 2017
“Just a week and a half ago we saw a fire break out near Victoria Drive south of Camp’s Bay which burnt 900 hectares of Table Mountain over 5 days.
Following the mopping up processes by Table Mountain National Park & Working on Fire (aided by good rainfall) we hiked Constantia Corner to get a glimpse of the fire footprint in Orange Kloof, the restricted access area on Table Mountain.
As expected the fire was abruptly stopped in its tracks along the forest margins. It burnt the fringes and isolated trees, but stuck to the fynbos covered mountain slopes above the valley. The fire jumped the Ring Road on Bosky Buttress, but the Silver Tree Trail came away unscathed thankfully. As the fire burnt up Slangolie Ravine and Spring Buttress it crept towards the Woodhead Tunnel and along the northern slopes of Disa Gorge. It burnt out approximately midway between Woodhead Tunnel and Woodhead Dam on the wet south-facing slopes.
The majority of the burn took place in old fynbos, which was due a fire. The lower mountain slopes on the west facing Apostles Range were covered in vast tracts of invasive vegetation – on private land.
I’ve selected a series of images between Constantia Nek and Woodhead Dam to give an overall picture of what happened along this section of mountain.“
Original post HERE
The Slopes Of Table Mountain Burn can be viewed HERE
The Night Scene Above Hout Bay can be viewed HERE
The Burnt Western Slopes can be viewed HERE