Fire teams assessed the Garden Route’s smouldering areas on Monday, 10 July 2017 and reported the flare ups in Knoetzie over the weekend are contained.
The Knoetzie protected area is co-managed by the Municipality, a Conservancy and SANParks. Fire-fighting teams were alerted to underground fires hence they carved a path through the area to extinguish the fires. Although the fire was contained, the area is being monitored.
Other flare ups leading to last weekend were in Kransbos (part of the MTO ‘exit areas’), the Sinclair Reserve and Koffiehoek.
With regards to wild animals, people are requested to not drop off carrots, cabbage and sweet potatoes in the forest
Wildlife in the Knysna forest was not badly affected by the fire. Where there are animals injured in peri-urban areas, volunteers are sent out to fetch them and bring them to a shelter by the Animal welfare organisations. People must not dump food for animals because
- If it is in a burnt area, it means animals must walk through it, which in most cases, they won’t.
- If left in peri-urban areas, animals will get used to going to that area for food.
Remember a National Park is not a Zoo, feeding one animal will affect the entire ecosystem.