Over 6,000 hectares destroyed in Prince Albert valley fire

The blaze is believed to have started after a lightning strike in the Swartberg Mountains on Friday.

FILE: The blaze has since forced some farmers and workers to evacuate their properties. Picture:DreamImages/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - At least 6,000 hectares of vegetation have been destroyed by a fire raging in the Prince Albert valley.

The blaze is believed to have started after a lightning strike in the Swartberg Mountains on Friday.

The blaze has since forced some farmers and workers to evacuate their properties.

Cape Nature's Justin Lawrence said, "We have several crews assisting and to date, we've had over 6,000 hectares of veld which has been burnt. We are still monitoring the fire."