Firefighting teams to be deployed in Knysna to deal with flare-ups

Runaway fires in the Southern Cape claimed the lives of seven people including two volunteer firefighters two weeks ago.

FILE: A volunteer ground crew in clean-up operations in one of Knysna’s plantation forests. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN

CAPE TOWN – Strike teams from Knysna's Fire Department will be deployed to attend to flare-ups when necessary.

Runaway fires in the Southern Cape claimed the lives of seven people including two volunteer firefighters two weeks ago.

Thousands of people also had to flee their homes.

Fire Chief Clinton Manuel says officials are in control of the situation.

“We’ve now scaled down our operation and especially our incident command post. It’s not closed yet, we just scaled it down and we’re handling everything from the fire station.

“We've still got some resources in town that we’re making use of and we’ll decide in the day if we’re going to keep these resources or we’ll send them back.”

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa on Sunday also paid tribute to those affected by disasters in the province.

“I’d like us to take a moment of silence to honour and remember those of our compatriots face great difficulties and dangers in the various disasters that we’ve had here in the Western Cape.”

(Edited by Leeto M Khoza)