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 Post subject: LIVE: Fire rages in Sabi Sands, Kruger National Park
Unread postPosted: Thu Sep 18, 2014 5:26 pm 
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Follow the live updates coming through on News24

LIVE: Fire rages in Sabi Sands, Kruger National Park

17:14 News24 user Hermann Kuschke: “The whole area in Kruger Park between Satara and Skukuza is also on fire. We have just come from there.”




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SANParks spokesperson Reynold Thakhuli told News24 that rangers were on the ground battling the flames.

“They are working against strong winds, as the fire has moved north to Skukuza,” he said.

Thakhuli said he was unable to say whether lodges around the area were affected as yet.

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 Post subject: Fire in Kruger!
Unread postPosted: Thu Sep 18, 2014 5:29 pm 
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News 24 is currently reporting a significant fire between Sabi Sands and Skukuza. Looks like its all hands on deck to manage this one.

Appologies, but struggled to post the link.

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 Post subject: Re: Fire in Kruger!
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Thanks Horrace, we will add a link and also merge all the posts into one topic.

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 Post subject: Re: Fire in Kruger!
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I know via EJ (she can fill in the gaps) that there is a fire, and that Sand River Bush Camp had to be evacuated and the threat is coming from two sides. Helicopter is out monitoring too.

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 Post subject: Re: LIVE: Fire rages in Sabi Sands, Kruger National Park
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- A bushfire is raging out of control in the Sabi Sands reserve bordering the Kruger National Park.

A person who answered the phone at Sabi Sands Game Reserve says everybody, including the management are out fighting the flames. A team from Working on Fire is helping.

Staff at Londolozi Game Reserve , situated near Sabi Sands confirmed that a fire was burning. She told News24 all management staff were out attended to the blaze, which was quite close to the reserve.

“We have not evacuated the lodge, but are attending to the matter,” the staff member said.

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 Post subject: Re: LIVE: Fire rages in Sabi Sands, Kruger National Park
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Jackie van Wyk Mpumalanga co-ordinator for Working on Fire told News24 there are two majors fires.

“The fire in the Nwanetsi area in the Kruger National Park has been burning for the past three days.”

She said five teams are fighting the flames.


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 Post subject: Re: LIVE: Fire rages in Sabi Sands, Kruger National Park
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Lesego on Facebook wrote:
FIRES IN THE KNP

The Kruger National Park (KNP) is currently experiencing four fast moving fires since Friday, 12 September 2014 due to the hot weather conditions in the area. A run-away fire jumped over the border on Friday from Mozambique into the KNP; burning areas south of Olifants River, Houtboschrand, N’wanetsi until Tshokwane; however it is now under control.

Yesterday around lunch time, another fire came from one of our concession areas on the western side of the Park. Two fires started today around Phabeni Gate areas as well and are still raging.

“We are concerned about the hot weather conditions which we have been experiencing this week as they cause these fires to be difficult to control and can cause damage to the environment, said the KNP’s General Manager: Communications & Marketing, William Mabasa.

Our conservation staff members are working day and night to try and manage all the fires at the moment.

“We would like to advise the public to be on the look-out for fires in the Park and to refrain from starting more, as the dry and windy conditions cause these fires to be fast, hot and out of control”, concluded Mabasa.


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Communications & Marketing Department – Kruger National Park. Contact: Tel: 013 735 4262 cell: 082 807 1441 or email: laura.mukwevho@sanparks.org


Media enquiries either:
William Mabasa, GM: Communications & Marketing, Kruger National Park. Contact: Tel: 013 735 4363, cell: 082 807 3919 or email: william.mabasa@sanparks.org or

Reynold Thakhuli – Acting Head of Communications, SANParks, Tel: (012) 426 5170, Cell: 073 373 4999, e-mail: rey.thakhuli@sanparks.org

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 Post subject: Re: LIVE: Fire rages in Sabi Sands, Kruger National Park
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Thank you DB for the update. I hope that these can be brought under control.

I know fire is part of the natural system, but scary none the less. Good luck to the staff fighting the fires, stay safe.

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 Post subject: Re: LIVE: Fire rages in Sabi Sands, Kruger National Park
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I :pray: :pray: :pray: :pray: :pray: that our dear Kruger is under control now.

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 Post subject: Re: LIVE: Fire rages in Sabi Sands, Kruger National Park
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To all the brave fire fighters, a big thank you, and please take care and be safe :pray:

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 Post subject: Re: LIVE: Fire rages in Sabi Sands, Kruger National Park
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I do hope the fires are under control and that everyone fighting them as well as the animals are safe :pray: :pray: :pray:

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 Post subject: Re: LIVE: Fire rages in Sabi Sands, Kruger National Park
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 Post subject: Re: LIVE: Fire rages in Sabi Sands, Kruger National Park
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I'm thinking of our rangers and the firefighting team. Hope they will all come home safely. Strength to you guys.


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 Post subject: Re: LIVE: Fire rages in Sabi Sands, Kruger National Park
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Terrible
I salute the fire fighters

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 Post subject: Re: LIVE: Fire rages in Sabi Sands, Kruger National Park
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I hope the Rain comes soon, all good Firefighters!
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