Areas evacuated‚ more firefighters deployed to battle George blaze

Three areas have been evacuated and more firefighters have been deployed to battle the blaze in George in the Western Cape on Monday.

“The fire is quite serious and we have evacuated three areas as a precaution. Other areas may follow and this is done to make sure that we protect people’s lives and the second priority is property.

“The problem is the interface between the town and the forest where this fire is coming from. It is coming down from the mountain‚ down the Outeniqua pass‚” Western Cape local government spokesperson James-Brent Styan said.

The Western Cape Disaster Management Centre‚ Working on Fire and two municipalities were battling the raging blaze.

The Outeniqua Pass had also been closed until further notice.

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