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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.

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

18 June 2019

  • Bredasdorp 55% 55%
  • Caledon 57% 57%
  • Gansbaai 49% 49%
  • Grabouw 59% 59%
  • Hermanus 49% 49%
  • Kleinmond 55% 55%
  • Swellendam 60% 60%
  • Villiersdorp 59% 59%

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 

A devastating fire season – the goFPA counts the costs

The 2018/19 fire season has become known as one of the most overwhelming in the history of the Overberg. While more than 30 wildfires burned during the season, 20 of these were very damaging and very costly. Many of these fires also affected more than one...

Why ecological burns?

Some fires you may see burning across the Overberg (March and early April) are actually ecological burns. These are prescribed burns that take extensive planning and resources. That’s not least to help reduce the risks of burning during the current fire season. Why do we support ecological burns? (And why are these burns important during March

Elgin wildfire brings a community together

Elgin Valley, 28 January 2019: A fire that started Thursday (24 January 2019) in the Van der Stel’s Pass close to Botriver has captured the essence of community spirit. The fire has brought farmers, local companies and fire-fighting authorities together in what has been a five-day intensive battle to control the blaze.

CONTACT goFPA

Email: info@overbergfpa.co.za

+27 (0) 28 425 1690

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