Southern Cape fire flare ups contained

2017-07-07 22:31
Raging fires at the Longmore Forest on June 07, 2017 in Knysna, South Africa.  (File, Gallo Images / Die Burger / Werner Hills)

Raging fires at the Longmore Forest on June 07, 2017 in Knysna, South Africa. (File, Gallo Images / Die Burger / Werner Hills)

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Knysna – A series of fires that flared up in the Southern Cape on Thursday afternoon has been brought under control, said Knysna mayor Eleanore Bouw-Spies on Friday.

Eden Disaster Management head, Clive Africa also confirmed that minor flare-ups in the area were contained.

On Friday morning, 80 firefighters from Working on Fire were dispatched across the Southern Cape to monitor and contain flare-ups in Simola, Buffalo Bay just outside Knysna, and Groenvlei in Sedgefield. 

Working on Fire said earlier that the affected areas were Knysna, Plettenberg Bay, Keurfontein, Wilderness and Blanco. 

“These fires did not pose any danger to life nor property as they were mainly burning in the already burnt out areas. Firefighting teams, including those from the Southern Cape Fire Protection Association, Eden District Municipality and Knysna Municipality Fire and Rescue services remain on alert,” Bouw-Spies said in a statement.

The area has been on high alert following devastating fires that ravaged the area in June, fueled by strong winds caused by a storm in the province. The fires – which lasted for just under a week - destroyed more than 600 structures in Knysna and Plettenberg Bay. Seven people died.

Read more here: Garden Route to be rebuilt – Zille

Knysna is hosting the annual Knysna Oyster Festival which starts on Friday - an event that the Western Cape government hopes will contribute financially towards rebuilding the town.

Read more on:    working on fire  |  cape town  |  knysna fires

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