Fire is everybody’s fight. Help us prevent and control wildfires.

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GREATER OVERBERG FIRE PROTECTION ASSOCIATION

registered Fire Protection Association of the Overberg

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The Greater Overberg Fire Protection Association (goFPA) helps land users predict, prevent, manage and extinguish wildfires. Wildfires move through landscapes – destroying property, livelihoods, biodiversity and sometimes even lives.

It’s our job to help you.

Now that the fire season has started, we monitor the Fire Danger Index (FDI) on a daily basis – and share the info with you. Remember to be extra cautious on ‘red’ days.

In addition to the FDI, with the assistance of all land users, vigilant visitors and our satellite system (the Advanced Fire Information System, or AFIS), we detect wildfires in the Overberg. We then warn landowners immediately and dispatch fire-fighting teams.

FIRE DANGER INDEX

23 June 2017

  • Bredasdorp 35%
  • Caledon 32%
  • Hermanus 32%
  • Swellendam 29%
  • Villiersdorp 30%

Hotspots in the Overberg

If any fires flare up in the Overberg, we’ll find out about it soon, and let you know. We constantly update our Facebook page – so check our feed here for the latest fire info. You can let us know if you spot any wildfires – just include #ofire in your fire alert posts, and we’ll pick up on it.

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END OF 2016/2017 FIRE SEASON and WINTER PLANNING

CANCELLED: OVERBERG FIRE SEASON DEBRIEF

The OVERBERG FIRE SEASON DEBRIEF will be held on the 7th of June 2017 in Caledon at the NG West Church hall (56 Joubert St, Caledon). This meeting will start at 10.00. For more information click here. This is a public meeting and we encourage our members and relevant stakeholders to attend this debrief. Download Agenda.

CANCELLED: goFPA OVERBERG WINTER PLANNING MEETING

goFPA OVERBERG WINTER PLANNING MEETING will follow after the Fire Season Debrief.  This is a very important planning discussion and we request that all FMU Leaders and their alternative leaders attend this meeting. All members welcome. Click here for more info. Download Agenda.

 

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“There’s so much knowledge across the landscape on how to fight wildfires. And no one knows the land better than a landowner. So as the goFPA, we work with these existing strengths, to support integrated fire management and coordination.”

Louise Wessels, Manager; Greater Overberg Fire Protection Association

BECOME A GOFPA MEMBER

Land users sign up to the goFPA voluntarily. Signing up is easy.

Members pay an annual fee determined by the size of the property which is used to enhance legal compliance and integrated fire management activities.

The goFPA helps land users to practice Integrated Fire Management on their land. Through the goFPA, landowners in the Overberg, at the tip of Africa, can now work strategically with partners to better prevent wildfire, and react quicker and more effectively to suppress wildfire.

The goFPA operates across the Overberg area in the Western Cape of South Africa, currently covering more than 550,000 hectares (about 55% of the district).

WHAT WE DO

The Greater Overberg Fire Protection Association actively works to prevent and control wildfires during fire season, over the hot summer months. A lot of our work takes place before the fire season even starts. We help land users in the Overberg to meet their legal requirements. We provide training to land users and their teams and we facilitate fire management planning, like helping with firebreak planning and the signing of agreements between neighbours. All of this forms part of our Integrated Fire Management assistance.

HOW CLIMATE CHANGE WILL IMPACT

Globally, 2015 was the warmest year on record.

And experts believe temperatures may already have passed levels that human civilization has ever experienced before.

The Overberg, the area at the southernmost tip of Africa, won’t escape this trend. On the contrary, our region can expect warmer temperatures, more winter droughts, and more heavy rainfall in April and September.

WHAT’S HAPPENING IN OUR WORLD

Get our latest news here 

Overberg fights three devastating fires

The Overberg region has been hard hit by three major fires in the past week. Two are still burning, with teams still fighting to suppress both fires. The fire on the Denel Overberg Test Range started on Friday 24 February. The fire was ignited following standard missile testing …

A devastating Overberg fire season

The Overberg has experienced 25 major fires since the start of December. Fire-fighting teams battled many of these fires for more than a week. The goFPA is so grateful to everyone who helped to bring these fires under control. from the landowners and farmworkers …

CONTACT goFPA

Email: info@overbergfpa.co.za

 

+27 (0) 28 425 1690

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