TRAFFIC: TABLE MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK AFFECTED BY OUDEKRAAL FIRE

FILE: A blaze in the Oudekraal-Camps Bay area. Picture: @vwsfires.


CAPE TOWN – At least 400 hectares of the Table Mountain National Park has been affected by a fire in the Oudekraal area.

Windy conditions have led to the rapid spread of the fire that started on Wednesday afternoon on private property.

Three Working on Fire helicopters and one fixed-wing spotter plane are assisting firefighters on the ground.

Working on Fires’ Lauren Howard said: “The left flank surrounding the 12 Apostles has been secured. More than 160 firefighters are on the ground busy containing hotspot areas and as well as mopping up the areas burnt.”

 At least 400 hectares of the Table Mountain National Park has been affected by a fire in the Oudekraal area. SF

 3 Working on Fire Helicopters and 1 fixed wing Spotter plane are assisting firefighters on the ground. SF

Meanwhile, a blaze that broke out on the slopes of Signal Hill has been brought under control.

PHOTO:  A blaze in the Oudekraal-Camps Bay area. Picture: @vwsfires.

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MASSIVE SOLAR FLARE TO DISRUPT DSTV, CELLPHONES IN SOUTH AFRICA- SPACE AGENCY

CAPE TOWN – The South African National Space Agency (Sansa) has warned that a massive solar flare could affect television, cellular and GPS signals in the country.

The sun has unleashed two massive solar flares, the second of which is the strongest flare in over a decade, said Sansa’s Catherine Webster.

“The burst of radiation was so intense, it caused high frequency (HF) radio blackouts across the daytime side of Earth affecting HF communication over Africa, Europe and the Atlantic Ocean.”

“The first flare erupted on 6 Sep 2017 from active region 2673 and measured in at X 2.2. Hot on its heels, another flare blasted off the sun three hours later, measuring in at a whopping X 9.3 – the most powerful flare since 2005,” she said.

The solar flares were accompanied by a coronal mass ejection (CME) which travelled towards Earth at speeds over 1,200 km per second and impacted the earth’s magnetic field early morning on 8 September 2017.

“The impact of the CME has sparked a strong (G3) geomagnetic storm on earth, which can have effects on HF communication, power grids, navigation systems such as GPS, and communication systems such as DStv, mobile phones and internet connectivity. Moderate disturbances are expected at this stage,” she said.

Sansa said it was monitoring the space storm closely with the storm expected to last for the next 24 hours – until Saturday morning.