Wildfire news, March 18, 2009

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Cape Town fire

Bush fire on Table Mountain, South Africa. Photo: Reuters

A spectacular fire on the slopes above Cape Town, South Africa has burned 750 acres in Table Mountain National Park. Firefighters have much of it contained but according to South Africa News 24 they need help from the public:

Firefighters still battling the blaze on Table Mountain on Wednesday morning asked for donations of fresh food and water, as they were set to be stationed in the smoke and heat for the next 24 hours at least.

“We really, really need bottled water and food,” said Volunteer Wildfire Services spokesperson Adrian Marnewick. “Sandwiches, fruit – any fresh food.”

Esperanza fire sentencing hearing

The jury begins their first full day of deliberations on Wednesday to determine if Raymond Oyler will receive the death penalty or life in prison for setting the 2006 fire that resulted in the deaths of the five person crew of Engine 57 from the San Bernardino National Forest in southern California.

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