Forest / Wild Fire in South Africa on December 09 2016 12:56 PM (UTC).
A fire is raging just outside Plett, with some 3 000 hectares of Park land in the Garden Route National Park already razed. The fire, mostly affecting the areas close to The Craggs (about 20kms outside the Coastal town of Plettenberg Bay) has since been declared a fire disaster area. The fire which started on private land on Monday 5 December, has since jumped to the National Park and has an 11kms long active fire line. Dirk Smith, spokesperson for the Southern Cape FPA, says the western and eastern flank as well as the head of the fire is a major concern. "We currently have 180 firefighters on the fire line, including three tanker, as well as close to 20 management staff in control of this fire. The fire has burnt mainly fynbos areas where there are no structures," says Smith.