Fire Chief Manuel’s pine-cone theory bites the dust.
Vosloo, whose own report was the first to link the western conflagration with the much earlier lightning strike, explained he had been given access to the CSIR’s final report “to check that the information we had input was accurately reflected and understood”. He added: “The CSIR team devoted a huge amount of time and resources to the project, down to buying timed international satellite picture footage – down to 18-inch resolution – which clearly shows where the fire started and how it spread. They have done an excellent job.”
Meanwhile, Clinton Manuel, Knysna’s chief fire officer who still punts his pine cone theory, has quietly resigned and left the town to take up a training position with the Cape Town fire service.