St Francis Bay residents must wet thatch roof homes

The Kouga Municipality has made an urgent appeal to residents of St Francis Bay whose houses have thatch roofs, to wet their roofs.

Due to the wind, there is burning debris/coals in the air which could set the thatch roofs alight, even if the fire isn’t nearby.

The Municipality is setting up a call centre at the St Francis Bay Police Station for people who would like to report flare-ups or get info on the fire.

“We ask that people only phone if necessary and not out of curiosity. The number is 042 200 1817,” said Laura-Leigh Randall from the Kouga Municipality.

The fire at Sea Vista is still burning but isn’t a threat to houses at present.

Some houses at Cape St Francis are under threat but fire-fighters are on the scene.

The big concern is the big fire coming around the back of the St Francis Links towards St Francis Bay.

The area where it is burning at present is inaccessible, hampering fire fighting efforts.

A second chopper and additional fire-fighters are on their way.

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The brave fire-fighters have been taking on the beast since Saturday. Photo: Chris Scott
The brave fire-fighters have been taking on the beast since Saturday. Photo: Chris Scott

How you can help fight the St Francis fire

An appeal has been made to donate funds to get more helicopters in the air to fight the fire.

“We have enough fuel to last till the end of the day. But we need to get more choppers in the air.

We want to get some from Knysna but need funding. At R18-R20k per hour it’s a big ask but it’s vital.

St Francis Bay is at risk of burning down! This appeal goes to everyone and anyone,” said Geanne Darke, who is organising the initiative.

The bank details are:

St Francis Publicity Ass
FNB 210115 Humansdorp
Acc No: 52540023240

Use ‘Fire Fund’ as the reference so they can pick it up. All contributions will be monitored and accounted for.

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