George residents begin evacuations as Outeniqua blaze continues
Some George residents are being evacuated due to an ongoing fire on the Outeniqua mountain range.
George Municipality is currently evacuating residents in Blanco Golden Valley and Step Aside as a precautionary measure.
Fire Update: 12:06— Garden Route DM (@GardenRoute_DM) October 29, 2018
George Mun is as a precaution evacuating residents in Blanco Golden Valley and Stepaside. Traffic Dept and SAPS will assist. GO GEORGE buses will be arriving shortly to assist. We request... https://t.co/6QxzvDCbkI
210 firefighters from Working on Fire and firefighters from the George and Garden Route District municipalities have joined forces.
Firefighters are using backburns and firebreaks in an attempt to contain the blaze, while aerial resources are also surveying the scene by air.
The blaze broke out on Wednesday.
The Outeniqua Pass and the Montagu Pass near George remain closed as firefighters continue to battle a veld fire, Working on Fire's Lauren Howard confirms.
#GeorgeFires— Working on Fire (@wo_fire) October 28, 2018
Here are a few night images of the current George/Herold Fire #SavingLives #ProtectingTheEnvironment #RestoringDignity #WOF_WC #WCVeldFireSeason #FireSeason #Fire #Wildfire pic.twitter.com/ADJoQ4V5dd
Additional firefighters deployed to assist with the #GeorgeFires— Working on Fire (@wo_fire) October 29, 2018
Following the recent influx of fires over the past week in Southern Cape, more than 120 @wo_fire firefighters from t/ Free State & Eastern Cape Teams have been deployed to assist the @george_mun & @GardenRoute_DM pic.twitter.com/1yI83qnRnG
Currently the @environmentza WOF has 210 firefighters & supporting vehicles, a spotter plane, two Huey Helicipoters and 2 fixed wing 802 air tractor bombers, working tirelessly to contain the George Fire which has been burning for the past 5 days. pic.twitter.com/T92KIkrcXT— Working on Fire (@wo_fire) October 29, 2018
Meanwhile, in Masiphumelele, at least 50 informal structures were destroyed on Monday morning in a shack fire that left approximately 150 people displaced. No injuries were reported.
The fire is still active high up on the mountain slopes... We are trying to prevent this fire from spreading any further.Lauren Howard, Provincial communications officer at Working On Fire
As a precautionary measure, they are asking those residents to gather their pets and what they need and move towards the town hall.Lauren Howard, Provincial communications officer at Working On Fire
The Montagu Pass and the Outeniqua Pass will remain closed until further notice. The are is quiet dangerous at the moment.Lauren Howard, Provincial communications officer at Working On Fire
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Thumbnail image: Working On Fire on Twitter.
This article first appeared on CapeTalk : George residents begin evacuations as Outeniqua blaze continues
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