Government says the South African Air Force is on standby to help in firefighting efforts in Knysna in the Western Cape.
Cooperative Governance Deputy Minister Andries Nel has also passed on his condolences to the families of the four people who lost their lives in the fire and those who've lost their homes.
It's been confirmed that the deployment of the South African Defence Force has been authorised through the National Disaster Management Centre.
Cape Talk host John Maytham spoke to Provincial Head of the Western Cape Disaster Risk Management, Colin Deiner who says they are assessing the damaged.
With the resources we’ve got now, I’m fairly confident that we are not going to have the fire increase.— Colin Deiner, Provincial Head of the Western Cape Disaster Risk Management
The department of public works in the province managed to release 20 buses that normally operate in the town. So we diverted those buses to help with evacuations.— Colin Deiner, Provincial Head of the Western Cape Disaster Risk Management