South African Probe Sheds Light on What Caused #KnysnaFire

An investigation by Knysna Chief Fire Services officer Colin Manuel has suggested that a small fire using pine cones as kindling burned out of control and caused one of the country's most devastating blazes which resulted in billions of rands worth of property damage and forced hundreds to flee their homes.



  • South Africa:   Conditions Were Ripe for #knysnafires

    News24Wire, 14 August 2017

    A spark was all that was needed for a massive fire which left seven people dead in Knysna to rage out of control as conditions were ideal, said Knysna chief fire services officer… Read more »

The fire in Knysna, looking from Buffalo Bay towards Brenton (file photo).

  • South Africa:   Probe Sheds Light on Cause of #KnysnaFire

    Daily Maverick, 15 August 2017

    The Southern Cape wildfires have died down, but for someone, the burn is just beginning. Following the release of a forensic report into what may have caused the inferno, officials… Read more »

  • South Africa:   Knysna Fires Report to Be Released

    News24Wire, 14 August 2017

    The Knysna municipality will release a report on Monday on the fires that killed seven people and damaged or destroyed at least 1 000 homes in Knysna and Plettenberg Bay. Read more »

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