Residents in the Overberg area are praying for rain to douse the runaway fires which flared up again on Friday afternoon.

An order of immediate evacuation was issued by the Overstrand Municipality as a wildfire in Franskraal begun raging out of control.

On Thursday, firefighters were hopeful that they had brought it under control. This is the same fire that broke out on New Year’s Eve and spread through various parts of the municipality, including Betty’s Bay, Rooi-Els and Koggelbaai. It has been burning for more than a week.

Residents were asked to take their belongings and leave their homes when high winds fanned flames out of control in Franskraal, Karwyderskraal, Betty’s Bay, Gansbaai and also Hermanus.

Firefighters from the Cape Town and the winelands area are desperately trying to bring the fire under control.

The South African Weather Service has predicted 77% rain for the area on Friday evening, residents are hopeful that this will assist in dousing the fire.









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