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FIRE TODAY - LIFE RETURNS TO NORMAL - OR DOES IT?

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It's obviously tough for the people of the Noordhoek Valley to resume normal life after a traumatic week, but thankfully our valley seems to be safe now. Admittedly, there is not much more to burn, but there remain a few existing hot spots that continue to smolder and emit white smoke. This is not helped by the strong "fresh" South Easterly wind which supplies the embers with copious amounts of oxygen. Gladly, the same wind has assisted in clearing the local air of smoke and ash so our normal clean atmosphere has returned. If only it was not for the grey landscape .....

Mountainside above San Michele / Silvermine - after Monday's fire - at sunset



We are so fortunate that the fire did not spread to our neighbours in Masimpumele and Sun Valley; and also that all of our local farms and businesses survived, thus ensuring continued employment for the people who need it the most.

Today's only negative is that there is a fire approaching from the South. The blaze that star…

VIEW OVER NOORDHOEK 'AMPHITHEATRE' EXACTLY ONE WEEK PRIOR TO THE FIRE

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I was 'up there' with Civair doing some work for a client and snapped this peaceful panorama. Thought you might want to see it.



Chilling to think how much of the green stuff is gone. Thankfully the vineyard survived.

Media: Pics available of Constantia and Tokai bowl - exactly same time. Shout if interested.

FIRE IN NOORDHOEK - REPORT 4 MARCH - ONE PROPERTY DESTROYED

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Have been out on site since early this morning and here is a photo-story of the situation above Noordhoek Beach area. I have deliberately excluded pics of burned properties because as an ethical journalist I believe that is a time and place for them, but not today.

If you want to report damage to you property for my background information and so I can correct certain highly irregular reporting on the part of some of Cape Town's media, please email me on garethgriffiths.imaging"@"gmail.com   (note I have inserted quotes to the @ to prevent spammers from finding me!)

Are you in the media? I am too. Please contact me if you want to use photos or information. I offer them freely subject to a licence.

So this is the picture as of this morning:


Miracle - the Shark Spotters hut survived - how, I don't know!
 Before sunrise from the Beach. D-Zone area clearly viewable to the right. Monkey Valley Lodge Okay - despite reports on News24 and others

Monkey Valley from Chappies - Wednesd…

FIRE IN NOORDHOEK - ON THE GROUND REPORT

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Living in the Noordhoek Valley the past 36 hours has been rather like being on the set of Apocalypse Now (remember the epic movie?)

Social media reports of the big fire particularly in the Noordhoek Valley have been rather misleading and possibly contributed to panic rather than helped he situation.

A tweet by @vanhaywood that did little to help matters on Monday:



The tweet was picked up by big tweeters such as @KFM and @CapeTown and retweeted without verfication, even by the Lodge itself, which may have retweeted under some pressure.

However, this was the area looked like, via a photo from the beach taken at about the same time as the tweet:


The fire at 6.30 pm Monday. The Chappies road separates the lower Chapman's Peak area from the mountain.
This is how things played out after the arrival of the "Muizenberg Fire" #capefire late on Sunday 1 March.

Living in the area as I do with my family, my first inkling of the big fire was 01h00 Monday morning when I was woken up by the s…