(This article has been updated)
N2 between Plettenberg Bay and Knysna has been closed due to a massive fire burning close to the national road.
The Western Province situational report states the following update:
Eden District Municipality
Strong winds in the Eden District Municipality has been reported and veldfires along the N2 De Hoop/ Kouga fire (Uniondale area). Resources have been deployed to attend to the fire.
The western flank at “die poort” has been contained, teams are currently mopping up.
The Eastern flank is high in the mountains at Mr. Nico Gerber, however, no immediate danger exist.
The Southern Flank has been contained no open flames visible at this point in time.
The fire services is attending to the Hooggekraal fire (Karatara) in Sedgefield.
The fire and rescue teams has been deployed to attend to the Kruisfontein fire in Knysna). The Fire in plantation completely out of control and 13 houses at Springveld were evacuated. Knysna has requested assistance from all available resources at adjacent local authorities. Mountains Two Oceans (MTO) is also assisting with additional resources.
Hessequa fire and rescue teams on scene is attending to the Kruisrivier fire. The fire is in the mountain area and poses no threat to live and property at this point in time.
George fire services is attending to a fire in Wilderness.
One house along the N2 in Touws River was lost in a fire.
Featherbed, Western Head, Knysna ablaze
FIRE UPDATE— KnysnaMunicipality (@KnysnaMuni) June 7, 2017
There are numerous fires raging in and around Greater Knysna
The N2 between Sedgefield, Knysna & Plettenberg Bay remains closed. pic.twitter.com/T3qVCyqIzh