Overnight rain dampens down Garden Route blazes

The burning Garden Route gave a collective sigh of relief on Wednesday after overnight rain came to its rescue.

“The rain that fell in the Garden Route area [on Tuesday] night brought much-needed relief and will indeed assist firefighters who are in the fire-line‚” said a statement from SA National Parks.

Eight relatives of retired SANParks staff were killed on Monday as flames consumer indigenous forest at Farleigh in the Wilderness.

“A total of 18 staff houses were destroyed in the fire‚ 13 in the staff settlement called Rooikraal and the remaining five in Beervlei‚” said SANParks.

“A total of 75 people were displaced as a result of these fires and are currently being accommodated in the Wilderness section of the Garden Route National Park.”

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