Evacuation in Betty's Bay as fire breaks out

2017-07-08 20:48
Betty's Bay fire. (Supplied)

Betty's Bay fire. (Supplied)

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A part in the small coastal town of Betty’s Bay is being evacuated on Saturday evening after a fire broke out, threatening houses.

Betty’s Bay Neighbourhood Watch operations manager Jurika Rabie confirmed that 10 to 15 households had been evacuated as a safety measure as well as to allow firefighting operations to go into the area in an attempt to control the blaze.

Overstrand Executive Mayor Rudolph Smith, who was on the scene, said the fire was under control but that the danger was the wind.

He also said that there has been no damage to any properties.  

On Friday, over 400km away from Betty’s Bay, Working on Fire said the Knysna, Plettenberg Bay, Keurfontein, Wilderness and Blanco areas had been affected by flare-ups.  

These fires follow the catastrophic fires in Knynsa in Junes who destroyed over 600 homes, initially displaced more than 10 000 people who had to be evacuated as well as killing seven people, including a firefighter and three year old child. 

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