GARDEN ROUTE NEWS - Firefighters are still battling two wildfires in the Gouritzmond area, 1.5 km apart from each other. Accessibility to access roads are very difficult. Aerial resources are currently busy on both scenes.
Firefighters from the Garden Route District Municipality are on the scene.
Another fire was reported in the Hoeko area, also in Hessequa region and teams of Cape Nature are currently attending to that fire. An out of control fire was also reported in the Bitou region.
Earlier this morning the South African Weather Services also issued two advisories of strong to gale force north-westerly winds and veld fire conditions expected over the Witzenberg, Breede Valley, Swellendam, Hessequa, Central and Little Karoo from midday today till 19 December.
Precautions: Dangerous veld/bush fire conditions
- Don’t make fires in the open and/or leave fires unattended.
- Don’t throw cigarette butts out of cars or in the open veld.
- Don’t throw bottles in the veld as they can magnify the sun’s rays and start fires.
- In the case of a large fire, report it immediately (044 805 5071) and move away from the area to let the professionals deal with it.
Never throw water onto a fire started by an electrical fault or fires started by oil or paraffin lamps. In this case, sand or a blanket should be used to smother the fire.
Listen to the radio or TV for warnings and obey the instructions from disaster management officers.
Report Wildfires to 044 805 5071.
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