Runaway fires near Port Elizabeth

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10 June 2017 - A massive fire burns at the Van Staden River Gorge on the N2 outside Port Elizabeth.

PORT ELIZABETH - The are reports that a fire is spreading out of control in Port Elizabeth. It's been burning since 6am Saturday morning.

The fire is located in the Van Stadens River Gorge area, and winds are fanning it towards Port Elizabeth.

 

 

The N2 and Old Cape Road have been closed by traffic officials due to dense smoke.

 

 

On Wednesday night, four houses burnt down very rapidly in Van Staden Gorge.

Occupants had to flee with no time to prepare an evacuation of belongings.

However, no injuries have been reported as yet

No further buildings or properties are in any imminent danger, though Woodridge College and all its animals have been evacuated as a precautionary measure.

 

 

 

 

A large amount of grazing land has been burnt which is devastating for the cattle farmers.

Willie Bosch is the chairperson of Farmcomm Neighbourhood Association - he gave further details to eNCA: