As it happened: Fires around KNP

2014-09-18 16:39

Get the latest updates as SANPark rangers and fire-fighters battle a fire in and around Kruger National Park.


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Last Updated at 22:26
18 Sep 16:40

Staff at Londolozi Game Reserve , situated near Sabi Sands confirmed that a fire was burning.

She told News24 all management staff were out attended to the blaze, which was quite close to the reserve.

“We have not evacuated the lodge, but are attending to the matter,” the staff member said.

18 Sep 16:40

A bushfire is raging out of control in the Sabi Sands reserve bordering the Kruger National Park.

A person who answered the phone at Sabi Sands Game Reserve says everybody, including the management are out fighting the flames.

A team from Working on Fire is helping.

18 Sep 16:41

SANParks spokesperson Reynold Thakhuli told News24 that rangers were on the ground battling the flames.

“They are working against strong winds, as the fire has moved north to Skukuza,” he said.

Thakhuli said he was unable to say whether lodges around the area were affected as yet.

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Sabi Sands Game Reserve houses Africa's Big 5, is battling a raging fire.

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News24 user Hermann Kuschke: “The whole area in Kruger Park between Satara and Skukuza is also on fire. We have just come from there.”

18 Sep 17:30

Jackie van Wyk Mpumalanga co-ordinator for Working on Fire told News24 there are two majors fires.

“The fire in the Nwanetsi area in the Kruger National Park has been burning for the past three days.”

She said five teams are fighting the flames.

18 Sep 17:30

Van Wyk said that the second fire was burning near the Kruger Gate area and Sabi Sands.

“No lodges has been threatened at the moment. We have one team on site at this fire”

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News24 users Matema Gwangwa said: Two of the Working in Fire teams (Sekororo A and Sekororo B) have been dispatched to assist in the suppressing this fire. With the skills that they have we know they will do their best to save the lives and the environment.

18 Sep 18:18

My Lowveld reported on their Facebook page: The Kruger National Park (KNP) is currently experiencing four fast moving fires since Friday, 12 September 2014 due to the hot weather conditions in the area.

A run-away fire jumped over the border on Friday from Mozambique into the KNP; burning areas south of Olifants River, Houtboschrand, N’wanetsi until Tshokwane; however it is now under control.

Yesterday around lunch time, another fire came from one of our concession areas on the western side of the Park. Two fires started today around Phabeni Gate areas as well and are still raging.

18 Sep 18:38

Fire-fighters continue to fight the flames around in an around Kruger National Park, as dry conditions and gale force winds have fanned the flames even further.

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