Somerset West Fires (now including paarl a...

Moridin's Photo Moridin 03 Jan 2017

Fires in Somerset West is getting worse, and with the South Easter always getting stronger towards sunset, it might get completely out of control.

 

Let us just hope the homes don't get burnt down, and that it does not spread to Helderberg.

 

http://www.news24.co...sident-20170103

 

http://searchsa.co.z...merset-west.php


Edited by Moridin, 03 January 2017 - 05:07 .
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Patchelicious's Photo Patchelicious 03 Jan 2017

Folks are already out there supporting the guys.

Some pics look like they could be close to Fands place.
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sawystertrance's Photo sawystertrance 03 Jan 2017

I can't help wondering just what makes people want to start theses fires and be so destructive. What kind of person must one be?

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Karman de Lange's Photo Karman de Lange 03 Jan 2017

I can't help wondering just what makes people want to start theses fires and be so destructive. What kind of person must one be?


One rumour is its the "volunteer" fire fighters looking for some work .. Not sure how true that is...
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HowardSteele's Photo HowardSteele 03 Jan 2017

Large fire in Grabouw aswell and a Helicopter just flew over us here in Tokai...With this wind  :huh:

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fandacious's Photo fandacious 03 Jan 2017

fire @ wedderwil

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fandacious's Photo fandacious 03 Jan 2017

lets try again

 

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fandacious's Photo fandacious 03 Jan 2017

view from home about 2hrs ago

 

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Patchelicious's Photo Patchelicious 03 Jan 2017

Send the drone up!
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Jewbacca's Photo Jewbacca 03 Jan 2017

It really isn't the volunteer fire fighters.... They don't get paid so erm, why would they set fires and miss work, lose sleep and experience hell.

 

The working with fire guys do get paid, however I doubt they are the ones starting these.

 

Funny though how the fires start on the 1st windy day in weeks. This is ridiculous. Every year!

 

Makes my blood boil


Edited by Jewbacca, 03 January 2017 - 06:10 .
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stefmeister's Photo stefmeister 03 Jan 2017

One rumour is its the "volunteer" fire fighters looking for some work .. Not sure how true that is...


Heard this from some firefighter captain too.
Mostly volunteers, the ones imported from other regions to "assist" in the fire season. They only get paid when they work. After xmas most people are broke, and before that people need money to travel to see relatives, celebrate etc. Ironically it never burns over/during the holiday season itself.
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Slowbee's Photo Slowbee 03 Jan 2017

One rumour is its the "volunteer" fire fighters looking for some work .. Not sure how true that is...


so if you are not sure how true it is why carry on the rumour ?

it smacks of undertones.

it is an insult to those who do volunteer and protect us.

do you also sabotage your work so you can get more money ?

Heard this from some firefighter captain too.
Mostly volunteers, the ones imported from other regions to "assist" in the fire season. They only get paid when they work. After xmas most people are broke, and before that people need money to travel to see relatives, celebrate etc. Ironically it never burns over/during the holiday season itself.


just to be clear.

there were 3 distinct fires. one at sir lowries, one behind boskloof and one back end of morgenster area

all of them started within 5 min of each other - and all related to arson and they have witness's and NO they were not firefighters
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Slowbee's Photo Slowbee 03 Jan 2017

view from home about 2hrs ago

 

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was worried about your place

 

wedderwill is tickets. Its crossing roads fast now and there is not enough man power to stop it

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Slowbee's Photo Slowbee 03 Jan 2017

just got back from wedderwill and moving horses. it was choas!!!

 

cops at the entrance would not let us in, till there was a cue of about 5 horse boxes. we eventually just bullied our way in. the horses were freaked out and it was every person looking after their own horses.

 

several horses had to be physically picked up kicking and all and literary thrown into the box.

 

my heart is broken at what we saw. and as the fire got closer some of the horses had never been boxed. just had to chase them.

 

some horrible insurance claims

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'Dale's Photo 'Dale 03 Jan 2017

Eish

Sterkte

 

The sky is grey from smoke here in D Ville

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Moridin's Photo Moridin 03 Jan 2017

It's time they catch these arsonists and make an example of them. They have no idea how much damage they are causing the economy and to people's lives.

 

I knew it was arson the moment I saw the plume going up, the hottest time of the day on the first real windy day of the hot season. Most probably targeting the estates of the wealthy.

 

If they don't get this fire under control by Thursday, Helderberg will be tickets. Tomorrow will be 10 degrees hotter than today, and Thursday the SE will be stronger than today according to Windguru.


Edited by Moridin, 03 January 2017 - 07:32 .
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