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GREATER OVERBERG FIRE PROTECTION ASSOCIATION

registered Fire Protection Association of the Overberg

Fire Season 2018/19

The 2018/19 fire season is underway. As a landowner, by this time, you should be prepped and ready for the season. Your fire unit and other fire equipment should be serviced and tested. And your home and other buildings made safe against potential fire.

NOW IS THE TIME TO BE EXTRA VIGILANT.
IF YOU SEE SMOKE IN THE OVERBERG,
PHONE IMMEDIATELY:

If you’re in the Overstrand area, phone: 028 312 2400

And if you’re in the rest of the Overberg, phone: 028 425 1690

Landowners:

Here’s what you should know about fire season.

Read this so long, to know what to do in case of a wildfire.

And here are important dates to note.

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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.

The fire season has come to an end. That means it’s time to plan for the next fire season. Now we work with our members to assess wildfire risks, and then find ways to reduce the risks.

Landowners also decide what training is needed for team members. The goFPA team then arranges the necessary training.

All the while we remain on high alert: it’s still quite dry in the Overberg, and fires remain a threat, even in these winter months.

FIRE DANGER INDEX

12 December 2018

  • Bredasdorp 64% 64%
  • Caledon 53% 53%
  • Gansbaai 52% 52%
  • Grabouw 46% 46%
  • Hermanus 48% 48%
  • Kleinmond 47% 47%
  • Swellendam 65% 65%
  • Villiersdorp 52% 52%

See the 3-day SAWS weather forecast for Grabouw, Hermanus, Cape Agulhas and Swellendam, including the Fire Danger Index per day here:

3-DAY SAWS WEATHER FORECAST

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.

“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 660,000 hectares (about 60% 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, 2016 was the warmest year on record. That was followed by 2015 and 2017 respectively.
And now 2018 is on course to reach the same levels as the past four years.

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 

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This is surely one of the most difficult and stressful events in a person’s life: It’s time to evacuate your home, as a wildfire moves closer. This is a time of great stress – and mistakes can be made as a result. According to the Overstrand Municipality’s Fire Chief, Lester Smith, in an event like this

The Overberg prepares for a “busy” fire season

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CONTACT goFPA

Email: info@overbergfpa.co.za

 

+27 (0) 28 425 1690

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