Garden Route on fresh fire alert

07 July 2017 - 11:36 By Petru Saal
A recon flight by VWS Wildfires over Knysna.
A recon flight by VWS Wildfires over Knysna.
Image: VWS Wildfires‏Verified account @vwsfires

Firefighters have been dousing vegetation fires in Knysna and Plettenberg Bay.

Plettenberg Bay mayoral spokesman Dumisani Mnweba said even though the fire was now contained and did not pose a major threat‚ the area would be monitored.

“This morning there was a flare-up just 15 kilometres outside of Plettenberg in the direction of Knysna. Firefighters are in place and on guard. There was an assessment done on the area at 7am this morning and another assessment will be done‚” he said.

“The major concern is the wind because it is very windy at the moment‚” said Mnweba.

Working on Fire posted on their Facebook page on Friday morning: “The fires which broke out in the Southern Cape yesterday afternoon have been brought under control. The areas which burnt are namely in Knysna‚ Plettenberg Bay‚ Keurfontein‚ Wilderness (Contained) and Blanco. Yesterday a rapid response by the ground and aerial crew ensured that the Hoekwil and the Touwsranten community‚ which was under threat‚ remains safe.

“As of this morning‚ 80 firefighters from the Department of Environmental Affairs Working on Fire programme will be spread across the Southern Cape focusing on containing hot spot areas in Simola‚ Buffels Bay‚ and Groenvlei.”

A month ago a huge blaze cut a swathe of destruction along the Garden Route‚ destroying tourist establishments‚ affecting an estimated 2 500 jobs and burning 846 homes in Knysna alone.

Seven people perished in the fires.

Working on Fire tweeted photographs of the operation.