"Knysna is pulling together" #KnysnaFire

Disaster Management and Social Service's Fran Kirsten speaks to CapeTalk's Koketso Sachane about the latest developments.

A massive fire is raging in the Knysna area involving an estimated 26 runaway fires with thousands of local residents being evacuated.

A number of homes have already been burned and evacuated residents say they are walking on foot from Brenton to Buffels Bay.

A family of three from Rheenendal was killed earlier in the fire.

The fire was running faster than the wind was blowing at one stage.

Fran Kirsten, Disaster Management and Social Service

They evacuated a number of suburbs this afternoon but the fire continues to spread. She explains the evacuations.

The roads are extremely congested.

The air force is on standby waiting for a gap in the weather. They cannot take off.

Fran Kirsten, Disaster Management and Social Service

Many homes have been lost though the number has not been confirmed.

Fran Kirsten, Disaster Management and Social Service

Read: Mass evacuations, homes burn #KnysnaFire

The fire has boxed people in between mountain and see and it is difficult to get residents to safety.

We can't get people to the ocean right now because Brenton-On-Sea is on fire...so we are using every single hall and community centre that is not in the fire pathway, we have moved people there.

Fran Kirsten, Disaster Management and Social Service

She says the town's hotels have opened up to them, people offering rooms in their homes.

Knysna has really pulled together. We are hoping for rain.

Fran Kirsten, Disaster Management and Social Service

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