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WATCH: From the cockpit - Pilot's view of the Garden Route fires

05 November, 07:23 PM

Firefighting efforts intensified on the Garden Route in the Southern Cape this past weekend, as fires raged, leaving destruction in their wake.

A hundred firefighters and management from the Department of Environmental Affairs' Working on Fire in the Free State, were sent to George to provide extra assistance, according to a statement released by Working on Fire. 

Residents from Jonkersberg, Bosdorp, Sonskyn Vallei, Rheenendal, Buffelsnek and Protea Valley bosdorp in the Goudveld were evacuated as a precaution.

However, cooling temperatures in the region have brought about new optimism that the fires will be brought under control soon.

WATCH: This Garden Route 'firenado' is actually a fire whirl

Firefighters have been braving near apocalyptic conditions on the Southern Cape's Garden Route, as seen in a video by Working on Fire, which shows a "firenado" whipping through the vegetation in the De Vlugt area.

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