By: Kaya News Reporter
Firefighters are battling to contain the fire that broke out in the Coldstream and Koomansbos areas of Tsitsikamma, Eastern Cape.
Just over 2 400 hectares of commercial plantations and natural veld have been destroyed since the fire engulfed the area on Wednesday.
Working on Fire officials battling fires at Witelsbos, Tsitsikamma. Hectares of pine plantation are under threat, reports, Riaan Marais. pic.twitter.com/Vrze78hY4h
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More than 150 firefighters and three aircraft have been deployed to the area in an attempt to contain the fire.
Efforts to suppress raging wildfires in the Coldstream and Koomansbos areas of Tsitsikamma, Eastern Cape where just over 2 400 hectares of commercial plantations and natural veld have been destroyed, are in full swing. #TsitsikammaFires pic.twitter.com/470MjkPBoB
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According to a department spokesperson, the Eastern Cape has two fire seasons, the winter season which occurs from June to October and a summer season which affects the western part of the province from December to April.
Minister Barbara Creecy extended her gratitude to the firefighters who worked tirelessly to battle the blaze.