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Why we support controlled burns

For the goFPA, controlled burns that are undertaken responsibly are an essential part of good integrated fire management – not only to reduce invasive alien spread and fuel loads, but also as a tool to manage fynbos. Fynbos is a fire-prone vegetation, and it therefore needs to burn every 10 to 20 years (depending on the type of fynbos).

If you live in the Bredasdorp, Caledon & Swellendam area, use this burn permit.

Please return forms to your local fire station or fax to 028 424 2748.

Bredasdorp: Mario Arends or call
028 425 1690

Caledon: Chris Pieterse or call 
028 212 3727

Swellendam: Ryno van Harte call 
028 514 3980

If you live in the Grabouw/Elgin area, please use this burn permit.

Please return forms to your local fire station.

Grabouw: Malcolm Abrahams or call
021 859 5525

If you live in the Overstrand region, please use this burn permit.

Please return forms to or call 028 313 5052

Some rules around controlled burns

  • Permits are issued for different lengths of time depending on the time of year and the type of burn (stubble lands, ecological, rubbish heap, etc.). Please inquire at your local fire station for more information.
  • The Fire Brigade does an inspection before issuing the permit. The Overstrand Municipality currently charges a consultation fee for this.
  • You may not burn on a Friday, Saturday, Sunday or public holiday.
  • You may only burn on a Friday or day before a public holiday with special permission from the Fire Brigade.
  • You may not burn on an Orange or Red (Fire Danger Index) day.
  • You are bound by the personnel and equipment numbers as on the application.
  • You must inform your neighbours and/or other authorities 2 weeks prior to the burn and again daily before burning starts.
  • You must inform the control centre or local fire station daily before burning starts.
  • All fires have to be extinguished before 16:30 daily.
  • Patrol the area until the burnt area is cold.
  • You are responsible for the burn and its consequences.

Do you have renosterveld on your property?

Renosterveld is critically endangered, and forms a vital part of the Cape Floral Kingdom. Fire management is also crucial in renosterveld. So we’ve partnered with the Overberg Renosterveld Conservation Trust, to compile some golden rules for ecological prescribed burns in renosterveld.

Visit: Email: 

Tel. Dr Odette Curtis: 083 551 3341


Mario Arends – ‘The dangers of fires’

Meet Mario Arends, the Platoon Commander for the Overberg Fire & Rescue team, based in Bredasdorp. Mario has been fighting fire and saving lives in the area for the past 19 years. So no one knows the dangers of wildfires better than him.

The value of joining the goFPA

The fire-fighting tariffs for the 2016 Fire Season are now available. And the tariffs show the value of being a goFPA member. According to Louise Wessels, Manager of the goFPA, wildfire suppression will cost members of the goFPA, in the Overberg …

goFPA beefs up the team

The Greater Overberg Fire Protection Association has extra administrative support this fire season. Keith Leonard joins the goFPA team, and will play an integral role in supporting fire management. Keith, 35, is a true Overberger, having grown up in Bredasdorp.




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