WATCH: Fires rage in Cathcart (Friday)

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Community fighting Cathcart area fires, with helicopter using water scooped from the Sam Meyer dam – video kind courtesy of Shaun Miles

FRIDAY 11.8: FARMERS in the Hogsback, Upper Cathcart and Thomas River areas are on high alert as a veld fire continues to rage in the area.

The Greater Stutterheim Fire Protection Association fire protection officer Thinus Botha said a strong wind in the area, which had earlier fuelled the blaze, had fortunately died down significantly.

He said farmers in the various areas had been informed and were cooperating and assisting in fighting the fire.

No houses were currently at risk, but a few sheds were believed to have been gutted.

It was not known at present if any livestock had been lost.

“The fire is currently burning east of the N6 towards Hogsback.”

Botha said there were currently enough people helping to fight the blaze.

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Pictures kind courtesy of Shaun Miles, Cathcart

Friday afternoon – According to the GSFPA Manager, Pieter Rossouw, the fire is still hectic in the Upper Cathcart, Thomas River and Hogsback areas.

It is not near the Hogsback village and no evacuations have been done there.

The Amahlathi Municipality, representatives from forestry in the Eastern Cape and fire protection associations are working together “brilliantly” with “amazing teamwork” according to Rossouw.

He says the N6 is clear as the wind is blowing the smoke away from said road.

While the wind is less strong than earlier and the fire was more contained in certain sections, the general picture was bleak at present.

Helicopters are trying to drop water onto the fire but the smoke was making it difficult.

SATURDAY 12.8:

Fires are out and under control. It is a perfect day with blue skies and no wind. The farms between Cathcart and Hogsback, going east toward Thomas River appear to have been affected the worst.

 

 

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