Firefighters are continuing to contain the blaze progressing along the Garden Route which has gone through George and Knysna, extending as far as the Tsitsikamma National Park. 

The Garden Route District Municipality has released an update on the situation.

The George Municipality and ACSA teams both have foot patrols in areas where homes cross over into the forest and monitoring the fire’s progress. Current weather conditions prevent the smoke caused by the blaze from dissipating.

The De Vlugt fire has reignited and continues to rage on, travelling from the east to the southerly direction. Cooler conditions in Dubell have enabled the firefighters to tackle the Sawmill inferno.

SANParks is meanwhile keeping an eye on the smouldering spots inside the fire line along George and the Seven Passes. There are no flames and only smoke.

There are reported flare-ups in the Saasveld forest and the Karatara fire is under control with no open flames. A spotter plane has been deployed to survey Samwill and Karatara, while a military SANDF Oryx helicopter assists with controlling active fires .

The Garden Route District Municipality captured various aerial images of the fire on October 31.

Garden Route District Municipality

 

Garden Route District Municipality

 

Garden Route District Municipality

 

Garden Route District Municipality

 

The Tsitsikamma National Park fire continues and firefighters are working hard to extinguish the blaze. 

 

Picture: Facebook/Garden Route District Municipality

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Ishani Chetty

Ishani is a vegetarian who is passionate about social issues, the environment and current affairs.