#CapeStorm’s strong winds fanning fires in Knysna area
Yolande Stander | 2017-06-07 16:08:35.0
#KnysnaFire continues to burn, fanned by strong winds from #CapeStorm.
Image by: Koos Britz via VWS Wildfires @vwsfires on Twitter
Strong winds due to the massive storm passing over the Western Cape are fanning fires in the Knysna area and making containment nearly impossible‚
The Herald reported on Wednesday.
Knysna is BURNING. HELLO DA, get fire services there. pic.twitter.com/B3hBkIIkd5
— K9 UNIT ORT (@K9EOD) June 7, 2017
About 13 houses have already been evacuated near Knysna so far and the N2 between Plettenberg Bay and Knysna has been closed due to low visibility since Wednesday morning.
According to authorities‚ Eden emergency services have been deployed to deal with a fire in the Uniondale area. Firefighters are also battling a fire in the Karatara and Sedgefield area.
There are numerous fires raging in and around Greater Knysna
The N2 between Sedgefield, Knysna & Plettenberg Bay remains closed. pic.twitter.com/T3qVCyqIzh
— KnysnaMunicipality (@KnysnaMuni) June 7, 2017
A fire in a plantation just outside Knysna near Kruisfontein is burning out of control and has brought traffic to a standstill. Local authorities have closed the road until further notice. About 13 houses in the nearby Springveld have also been evacuated.
#KnysnaFire continues to burn, fanned by strong winds ahead of cold front slowly making way up southern https://t.co/mDguMDxqU6: Koos Britz pic.twitter.com/3gkT0KGq4M
— VWS Wildfires (@vwsfires) June 7, 2017
There are also fires in Kranshoek outside Plettenberg Bay‚ Kruis River in the Hessequa‚ Herbertsdale near Mossel Bay‚ and at Ebb and Flow in Wilderness.
Rheenendal road. There are farmers who need help. #capestorm @KnysnaPlett @KnysnaMuni @EllePhotos @WesthillKnysna @Cape_Buzz @knysnafm pic.twitter.com/sXH1TejwA3
— Stefan Goosen (@rabidjourno) June 7, 2017