One house burnt down, another was damaged and 62 hectares of field were destroyed when hot and windy conditions sparked numerous fires across the Kouga region on Wednesday, August 31.
Preliminary reports suggest that the houses, both with thatch roofs, caught alight when a field fire burning along the R102 at Jeffreys Bay jumped the road due to the wind changing direction.
The first house was destroyed, but fire-fighters were able to save the second house, with only roof and water da-mage reported. No-one was injured.
“It is devastating to lose one’s home and belongings. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. We trust that all you have lost will be restored to you, said Kouga Executive Mayor Elza van Lingen.
On the same day a fire west of the R330 left Humansdorp without power for about four hours and damaged fencing and grazing.
Other fires near Mzingisi Primary in KwaNomzamo, Bo-Blok Graslaagte and near the N2/Hankey road were extinguished, with only damage to field and bush.
Fires at PPC (Loerie), Rooidraai (Hankey) and Maiden Hair (Jeffreys Bay) were also contained and extinguished to prevent them from spreading.
A fire also broke out at Kwagga but was brought under control by the property owner.
(Photo: Danielle Erasmus)