#FIRESEASON 2019/20:

What you need to know

#FIRESEASON:

Understanding the Fire Danger Index

#FIRESEASON:

The do’s and dont’s of a red day

#FIRESEASON:

LCES: Your wildfire defence strategy

#FIRESEASON:

HERE’S HOW YOU CAN HELP

FIRESEASON 2019/20

SUPPORT the #firefighters battling the Overberg Fires  

During the course of the Fire Season, we’ll share essential info with you. Watch this website – AND watch
our Facebook, Twitter or Instagram for practical tips on protecting your property.

IT’S BURNING

OVERBERG: CALL 028 425 1690

OVERSTRAND: CALL 028 312 2400

IT’S BURNING

OVERBERG:

OVERSTRAND: 

Are you

this summer?

WELCOME TO THE HOME OF THE

GREATER OVERBERG FIRE PROTECTION ASSOCIATION

registered Fire Protection Association of the Overberg

GO fire prevention

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.

During the fire season, we help you to be ready should a wildfire start. It’s about protecting lives, infrastructure, and where possible, our landscapes and livelihoods.

And during the winter months, we prepare for fire season. That means working with our members to assess wildfire risks, and then find ways to reduce the risks through fire breaks, management plans, reduction of fuel loads, training and more.

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

11 December 2019

  • Bredasdorp 58% 58%
  • Caledon 61% 61%
  • Gansbaai 50% 50%
  • Grabouw 50% 50%
  • Hermanus 50% 50%
  • Kleinmond 48% 48%
  • Swellendam 64% 64%
  • Villiersdorp 61% 61%

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

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 

LCES: Your wildfire defence strategy

At EVERY fire you participate in fighting, PLEASE bear this acronym in mind: LCES. It’ll help you to stay safe. It’s one of the most important defence strategies against an unpredictable wildfire. LCES must be updated and amended, as the fire’s behaviour and movements change. Stay on top of

Meet the new Divisional Commanders

Daniel de Kock is the new Divisional Commander in the Swellendam district for Overberg Fire & Rescue. Daniel joins the Overberg team from Breede Valley Fire and Rescue in Worcester. Working as a fire-fighter isn’t simply a job for Daniel: it’s a dream come true, as he chose this

Do’s and don’ts of a Red Day

There’s no higher wildfire threat level than a Red Day. You’ll know we’re facing a Red Day in the Overberg, by keeping an eye on our daily Fire Danger Index. When you see red, it means we’ll be experiencing a hot day, with low humidity and very strong winds – the perfect combination for

15 tips to better protect your home against wildfires

What can you do to make your home as safe as possible against a potential wildfire? Home owners have learnt valuable lessons from the 2017 Knysna fires. And these lessons are now guiding fire management in South Africa. As a home owner

What to include in your evacuation go-bag?

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

Why a changing climate is fuelling wildfire

Changes to our climate lead to bigger wildfires that are more difficult to control. As a result, wildfire management is becoming more important in order to reduce the damage to people, the economy and the environment. Nowhere is this more evident than in the Fynbos Biome

CONTACT goFPA

Email: info@overbergfpa.co.za

 

+27 (0) 28 425 1690

GIVE

You can get involved by providing goods to energise our fire-fighters. Here’s a list of non-perishable items you can drop off – that help sustain our fire-fighters working hard to protect our homes and nature

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