Well well, we were most pleasantly surprised when we arrived at the Reserve and found everybody getting prepared for a controlled burn. Never mind that it was a different area than the plan put out earlier this year bur firebreaks were cut and soon the fires were lit.P1020604
Note the keurbooms in the background, it would be good to give the fynbos a chance to recover.

We had a good vantage point from the picnic site and the columns of smoke were quite impressive.

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Working for Fire did their bit as well and everything looked very well organised.

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Unfortunately, a well meaning visitor phoned the fire brigade and when the fire truck arrived  they made a big issue of Goodman not having organized a permit and forced the staff to stop the burn. A great pity because the weather was ideal, everything under control and it would have benefitted the Reserve immensely.

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I don’t think this tortoise was in any danger but I “rescued” it anyway and put it at a safe distance.

Ellie proceeded to clean up around the Brabejam while I put my new wedges to the test and cut a large tree trunk in sections to be used at some stage on the wet section of the Fynbos Ramble. With all the rain we are having it is too wet to do now.