Knysna fire contained, firefighters deployed to high priority areas

Seven people have now died after massive wildfires in Knysna also came close to Plettenburg Bay.

Firefighters have been deployed to attend to two high priority areas in the Southern Cape.

Runaway fires that had gripped the town and surrounding areas are under control for now.

Eyewitness News reporter Kevin Brandt has more on this developing story.

The word we are getting from authorities on the ground saying there are two areas of concern still. One above an informal settlement called Concordia and the other going in the direction of Sedgefield....But the fire chief is very confident that by 5 o'clock this afternoon they would have contained those fire incidents saying that the favorable weather conditions that have prevailed will help them achieve that objective,

Kevin Brandt, EWN reporter

Nearly 500 structures have been destroyed.

There is a great concern for the residents that have been displaced.

They put that number roughly at about 10 000 since last week. A number of residents have been allowed since to go back home, however, one of the community halls is still housing Brenton on Sea residents, as authorities say it is still unsafe to return to that area.

Kevin Brandt, EWN reporter

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