#KnysnaFire: Residents, animals evacuated from Buffalo Bay area

CAPE TOWN - Dozens of residents and animals are being evacuated from the Buffalo Bay area outside Knysna, Western Cape.

Runaway fires erupted along the mountain slopes surrounding the area on Friday night.

At least five people have been killed and dozens others have had to flee their homes after the runaway fires tore through the Garden Route region.

Helicopters are currently waterbombing the area.

WATCH: Knysna fires: It's not yet over

On the N2 outside the town, officials are regulating traffic flow ahead of a possible road closure as fires burn fiercely close to the freeway.

The NSPCA is still evacuating horses and other animals from the area.

Fierce winds fan fires ranging along the N2 freeway outside Buffalo Bay.

Many horse trailers can be seen leaving the area.

One farm owner has packed some belongings on the back of his bakkie and vacated the area.

He says he came down specially from Johannesburg to assist his family when the inferno broke out.

The firestorm is causing poor visibility along the freeway.

(Edited by Winnie Theletsane)

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