SUPPORT the #firefighters battling the Overberg Fires

What you need to know this fire season 2023/24:

Landowners in the Overberg have access to operational vehicles and Working on Fire teams during the fire season. Aerial resources will also be based in the Overberg between December and April. They are used in rapid initial attack.

 

Remember: A responsible person must be present on or nearby your farm throughout the festive season. Ensure your neighbour also knows of your movements. And if a fire starts, contact the fire department immediately.

WELCOME TO THE HOME OF THE 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.

19 April 2024

  • Bredasdorp 33% 33%
  • Caledon 57% 57%
  • Gansbaai 39% 39%
  • Grabouw 63% 63%
  • Hermanus 39% 39%
  • Kleinmond 56% 56%
  • Swellendam 54% 54%
  • Villiersdorp 58% 58%

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

Latest 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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goFPA helps land users practise Integrated Fire Management on their land. Through the goFPA, landowners in the Overberg can now work strategically with partners to better prevent wildfires, react quicker and more effectively to suppress runaway fires.

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Fire and invasive plants: A complex connection

The Overberg faces a major challenge this fire season: Invasive alien plants. These plants increase the severity and frequency of wildfires. And they change fire behaviour and alter fire regimes. But there’s a flip side to this relationship between fire and invasive plants – fire can also be used as a tool to manage alien plants. 

Here’s what landowners should know about fire and invasive plants, and their complex connection:

“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.

WHAT’S HAPPENING IN OUR WORLD

Get our latest news here 

We are ready for the fire season

We are ready for the fire season

“However, fires never listen, and they’ve started prematurely this year,” Geldenhuys says. Since November, the Overberg district has already experienced four large fires. The wildfires have affected Grabouw, Botriver, Hermanus and Villiersdorp.

CONTACT goFPA

Email: info@overbergfpa.co.za

 

+27 (0) 28 425 1690
+27 (0) 63 690 7899

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

DONATE

Donations are made through the secure PayFast system.

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