Strong winds fan fire near PE, N2 closed

CAPE TOWN - Strong winds continue to fan a fire in the Nelson Mandela Bay forcing the municipality to shut down the N2 to traffic.

Earlier students at the Woodridge College and Preparatory School were evacuated as a result of thick smoke. Some have gone to the local mall.

Four other fires that had been burning since Wednesday have been brought under control.

A blaze raging in the Van Stadens Gorge area is still spreading forcing the municipality to cut electricity connection in some parts.

Mayco member for safety and security John Best is on the scene of the fire.

“The wind has changed direction and there’s a lot of smoke in the area. At this stage there’s no threat to properties but there’s a lot of smoke. The N2 between Port Elizabeth and Jeffreys Bay has been closed because of the smoke.”

WATCH: Firefighters continue battling blaze in Buffalo Bay

Meanwhile, traffic officials have closed off a stretch of the freeway between Buffalo Bay and George.

The blaze is rapidly approaching a horse-riding and breeding community in Buffalo Bay.

The animals are being evacuated in vehicles.

Several fire trucks are moving along the N2 freeway trying to curb the spread of the wildfire.

Vehicles traveling from Knysna are piling up at the Buffalo Bay intersection as a result of the road closure.

At least 10,000 firefighters are on the ground trying to contain flare-ups that have seen the fire in the Southern Cape spread to other part of the region.

The National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) says it’s continuing to assist firefighters who are battling the wildfire ravaging several areas in the Southern Cape and Eastern Cape.

The NSRI’s Craig Lambinon says, “Although the initial area that was affected is reasonably under control the flare-ups in Plettenberg Bay are now extending to areas that haven’t experienced fires yet. The accident in unrelenting, it continues… it remains a crisis.”

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)


This article first appeared on EWN : Strong winds fan fire near PE, N2 closed


Recommended

by NEWSROOM AI
Popular articles
Ever wondered why university vice-chancellors earn millions. Here's why

Ever wondered why university vice-chancellors earn millions. Here's why

CEO of Universities SA, Professor Ahmed Bawa explains why university vice-chancellors earn a lot of money while students struggle.

[WATCH] Iceland’s Christmas advert banned- for being too political

[WATCH] Iceland’s Christmas advert banned- for being too political

Khabazela shares tweets and Facebook posts that have gone viral.

Growing antibiotic-resistant superbugs in South Africa a major concern

Growing antibiotic-resistant superbugs in South Africa a major concern

More and more people are reportedly antibiotic resistant due to the inappropriate use of antibiotics.

We were ready for that fight that happened in Parliament - Coconut Kelz

We were ready for that fight that happened in Parliament - Coconut Kelz

In the Current Affairs segment, satirical comedian Lesego Tlabi channeled her inner Coconut Kelz to chat about the Parliament shuffle & Natalie Maimane's alleged role in the Rustenburg Girls' Junior School saga.

SPCA to open case against impatient CT man seen driving over two goslings in CBD

SPCA to open case against impatient CT man seen driving over two goslings in CBD

A family of Egyptian geese were crossing the road at the corner of Spin Street and Adderley Street, when the man drove over them.

NPO director murdered in his Cape Town home, mourned

NPO director murdered in his Cape Town home, mourned

Curran was found stabbed to death in his Cape Town home about 48 hours ago.

24-hour traffic service to soon be introduced in Cape Town

24-hour traffic service to soon be introduced in Cape Town

Councillor JP Smith says the City has started to get the ball rolling to expand the traffic service to cover night time.