Smoke from the fire at Platbos and the second fire surrounding Flower Farm, part of the Grootbos Conservancy, has been billowing over Stanford and surrounds since last evening. The fire broke out at Platbos Forest Reserve near Grootbos, Gansbaai. It seems that the Platbos fire has been brought under control, but the fire around Flower Farm is still burning. It has now reached Nieuwedam Farm, not too far from the small missionary town of Elim.


It is particularly sad that Platbos has burned. Over the past 10 years the owners have been extending the forest on the land and have initiated a number of reforestation projects in the Western Cape and Zambia. The very popular slackpacking Fynbos Trail meanders through Platbos and Flower Farm.