Knysna fire heroes honoured in march

The initiative in the Southern Cape town is being held to applaud firefighters for their efforts during wildfires that broke out in the region last week.

FILE: Fire crews battled flare-ups in the Knysna mountains using both helicopters and ground teams. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - A “thank you march” has been staged to honour firefighters in Knysna on Saturday.

The initiative in the Southern Cape town is being held to applaud firefighters for their efforts during wildfires that broke out in the region last week.

The inferno paralysed the Eden District and claimed the lives of seven people. Thousands fled their homes as a result of the fires.

Dozens of people flocked to the Knysna Main road to salute the bravery of firefighters’ efforts in curbing the spread of the blazes.

Almost 500 Working on Fire firefighters have been deployed to the Southern Cape to assist in extinguishing the firestorm.

Working on Fire spokesperson Linton Rensburg has praised his team's commitment to contain the runaway fires.
“These firefighters have been working day and night to contain the fires. It’s a great moment for them.”

The blaze which ripped through the area claimed the lives of two volunteer fighters last week.

The Knysna Municipality has rolled out an infrastructure rebuilding programme in various fire affected areas.

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(Edited by Shimoney Regter)