As it happened: Fires around KNP
Staff at Londolozi Game Reserve , situated near Sabi Sands confirmed that a fire was burning.
She told News24 all management staff were out attended to the blaze, which was quite close to the reserve.
“We have not evacuated the lodge, but are attending to the matter,” the staff member said.
A bushfire is raging out of control in the Sabi Sands reserve bordering the Kruger National Park.
A person who answered the phone at Sabi Sands Game Reserve says everybody, including the management are out fighting the flames.
A team from Working on Fire is helping.
SANParks spokesperson Reynold Thakhuli told News24 that rangers were on the ground battling the flames.
“They are working against strong winds, as the fire has moved north to Skukuza,” he said.
Thakhuli said he was unable to say whether lodges around the area were affected as yet.
WoF on high alert_fire stats past 39 days_825 fires_751 team deployments_137spotter+ 209bomber+98chopper deployments. Worst fires in 7 years— Working on Fire (@wo_fire) September 18, 2014
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Huge fire raging in the sabisands & skukuza area. Let's hope no lodges or any animals are caught in the blaze!! #krugerfire— Buya Buya Travel (@BuyaTravel) September 18, 2014
Jackie van Wyk Mpumalanga co-ordinator for Working on Fire told News24 there are two majors fires.
“The fire in the Nwanetsi area in the Kruger National Park has been burning for the past three days.”
She said five teams are fighting the flames.
Van Wyk said that the second fire was burning near the Kruger Gate area and Sabi Sands.
“No lodges has been threatened at the moment. We have one team on site at this fire”
My Lowveld reported on their Facebook page: The Kruger National Park (KNP) is currently experiencing four fast moving fires since Friday, 12 September 2014 due to the hot weather conditions in the area.
A run-away fire jumped over the border on Friday from Mozambique into the KNP; burning areas south of Olifants River, Houtboschrand, N’wanetsi until Tshokwane; however it is now under control.
Yesterday around lunch time, another fire came from one of our concession areas on the western side of the Park. Two fires started today around Phabeni Gate areas as well and are still raging.Read the full post.
Fire-fighters continue to fight the flames around in an around Kruger National Park, as dry conditions and gale force winds have fanned the flames even further.
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