#CapeStorm’s strong winds fanning fires in Knysna area

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#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.

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.

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.

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.

-TMG Digital/HeraldLIVE



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