Aerial photo of wildfires in South Afria
Aerial photograph of wildfires in South Africa from June 7, 2017. Credit: SA Red Cross Air Mercy Services

The Knysna Wildfire began the evening of June 6, 2017 and by June 7, consisted of 26 fires. These fires were fanned towards residential areas by strong winds from a cyclone to the west. The towns of Belvidere, Breonton-on-Sea, and Rheenendal were evacuated after news that a family of three passed away in the fire on June 6. The smoke observed by MISR on June 7 was injected at 3+ km. At this height, the aerosols can escape the boundary layer and enter the middle Troposphere, causing enhanced regional cooling and increased long-range aerosol transport.