Widespread blazes have ravaged most of the Garden Route in South Africa this past weekend. It took a fiery toll on firefighters and uprooted communities. At least 8 have been confirmed dead following the blaze.
Officials stated on Saturday afternoon that residents from the surrounding areas in the Garden Route have been evacuated as a precaution as fires continue to rage. The evacuations took place in Jonkersberg, Bosdorp, Sonskyn Valley village, Rheenendal, Buffelsnek and Protea Valley in the Goudveld.
A video posted by the Working on Fire revealed a horrifying scene. A massive, uncontrolled fire whipping through vegetation. The wind is causing the fire to behave chaotically, damaging and burning through both wild and residential area.
Another 300 residents in surrounding areas are asked to be on standby in case evacuations are needed.
“This is by far the country’s biggest fire in a populated area to have occurred. We have more than 85,000 hectares that are burning. In last year’s Knysna fires, which were four times smaller than this fire, 22,000 hectares were destroyed.”
Outeniqua Pass remains closed until further notice.
STATUS OF FIRE
Residents living on the borders of the town and forest are requested to voluntarily evacuate their homes due to danger of smoke inhalation. The fire remains active on the slopes. pic.twitter.com/YDReISbreH
— Working on Fire (@wo_fire) 29 October 2018
This highly-forested and nature area is often prone to such incidences. The dry season and high-volumes of travellers passing by can easily cause open flames or sparks to alight.