Evacuation ordered as fire rages on Cape coastline

06:35 (GMT+2) Sat, 12 Jan 2019

Residents of Franskraal near Gansbaai on the Cape south coastline were ordered to evacuate after a wildfire roared out of control on Friday, fanned by gusting winds.

The Overstrand Municipality issued an emergency evacuation order as the fire raged, with authorities designating the Gansbaai Tourism Office Hall the emergency evacuation point.

A wildfire in the Karwyderskraal area also saw evacuation ordered for farms in the Hemel en Aarde Valley area. 

Several structures were damaged but further detail would be made available in due course.

Residents who were evacuated have been given temporary shelter in several community halls.

- African News Agency (ANA)


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