Gordons Bay fire update

Crane_20081209_IMG_1858 I returned to Gordons Bay on Tuesday to see what would be visible by the light of day.  We drove in via the lower, beach road and saw that the mobile command centre and numerous fire vehicles, with resting firemen, were still set up in the parking lot alongside Spur.

We drove to Bikini Beach which was virtually empty, probably due to the high winds and the smoky smell still lingering in the air.  I had the idea of driving up to the water treatment plant where a good view of the area is possible, but found that the R44 was still blockaded so we stopped of at the whale-watching point from where I took these photos of the burnt area towards Bikini Beach where the fire had jumped the road.

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Crane_20081209_IMG_1852 Looking up the mountain side we could see that there was still fire, well smoke anyway, up near the water treatment plant.  We drove back along the upper road and could see that having a hose along one of the valleys coming down the mountain is a bad idea as these seemed to have acted as channels for the fire to come down off the mountain.  I saw one of the gutted houses along one of these and others with damage, like charred wooden decks.

By Wednesday afternoon the fire fighting effort must have been all over as I saw the mobile command centre bus coming through Strand on it’s way back to the city.

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