2018-10-30 07:47 ; Duncan Alfreds
Outeniqua pass is on fire from Blanco side. (Supplied)
“The current situation is such we are evacuating residents in the line of fire in Rheenendal. The fire has spread to Rheenendal and in George it’s been contained.” Weather conditions Poje said that gusts of wind and adverse weather conditions have made fighting the fire difficult for the crews in Knysna, but has aided the teams in George, who have managed to bring that fire under control. “There are flare-ups but we do have ground troops in terms of keeping a check on the fire,” he said.
READ: George wildfire death toll rises to 7 – pregnant woman, baby, toddlers among those killed Robinson Pass has been closed because a tree fell on the roadway, the Outeniqua Pass remains closed because of the fire and traffic from Beaufort West to Mossel Bay is being diverted via Worcester. “In Knysna and George the community centres have been made available for people,” said Poje. He added that volunteers from as far as Bloemfontein have come to help fight the fires and there was strong motivation among the crews to bring the fires under control. Data from the South African Weather Service indicates a 60% chance of showers in Knysna and George on Tuesday which should assist firefighting efforts.