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
24 May 2018
- Hermanus 30%
- Swellendam 31%
- Grabouw 15%
- Cape Agulhas 36%
Wildfires 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 – phone us, or message us on social media and we’ll pick up on it.
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Become a Town Member, by simply signing up here. And we’ll send you important info related to fire in the Overberg.
“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
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.
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.
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
Andy is the Fire Management Unit leader for a section of the Elgin Valley. And they’ve had a busy fire season – having to fight four fires over the Christmas weekend alone. But no matter the day or time, Andy is usually first on the scene of a wildfire, and last to leave.
For Richard Middelmann, there’s a certain satisfaction he feels when a wildfire is finally extinguished. That may be because he learned at an early age of the dangers of fire – and its impact on livelihoods. Today, Richard has …
It took just one thunderstorm to start five separate fires in a matter of minutes in the dry Sutherland landscape in the Northern Cape. One Greater Overberg FPA member witnessed the devastation, and the lack of fire-fighting …
HOW TO GET INVOLVED
Help us to prevent wildfires. Make a donation, and watch how your money helps to prevent and suppress wildfires in the Overberg.
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