South African authorities issued a full evacuation of coastal communities due to wildfires

Authorities in South Africa ordered a full evacuation of Pringle Bay, near Cape Town after wildfires swept down the mountains towards the coastal town.

The fires began on Monday last week, fuelled by the hot, dry weather.

Annelie Rabie, mayor of the Overstrand municipality said up to six wildfires had broken out in the area, four were contained and one was heading for the town.

Although no injuries were reported, authorities issued a code red after 95% of a nearby nature reserve burned.

Local authorities confirmed that the residents of Pringle Bay were moved to a nearby town while firefighters battled the remaining fires.

According to the Western Cape local government, the wildfires’ main causes were cooking fires, burning debris, discarded cigarettes, and arson.

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