A massive wildfire on the outskirts of Plettenberg Bay destroyed three homes last night and led to the evacuation of residents.
The fire – which first broke out on Friday on the Old Plett Timbers property in Wittedrift but was contained on Monday – flared up again early yesterday due to the dry and windy conditions and was burning out of control by 2pm.
As night fell, a wall of flames covering an area of about 1 000 hectares was visible as far as the eye could see, with firefighters from across the region called in to assist.
By 7pm, at least three homes in the sparsely populated Wittedrift area had been razed and other residents evacuated. There are only a few houses in the area, on the KwaNokuthula side, which consists of mainly fynbos and veld.
Residents of the Formosa Garden Village retirement complex had also been told to evacuate, but the instruction was cancelled when the fire veered away from the complex.
By 11pm, the fire was more manageable but unpredictable as it kept changing direction. Working on Fire spokeswoman Lauren Howard said aerial resources had been deployed several times since Sunday to fight the flames.