Fire is everybody’s fight. Help us prevent and control wildfires.
Why we support controlled burns
For the goFPA, controlled burns that are undertaken responsibly are an essential part of good integrated fire management – not only to reduce invasive alien spread and fuel loads, but also as a tool to manage fynbos. Fynbos is a fire-prone vegetation, and it therefore needs to burn every 10 to 20 years (depending on the type of fynbos).
If you live in the Bredasdorp, Caledon & Swellendam area, use this burn permit.
If you live in the Grabouw/Elgin area, please use this burn permit.
Please return forms to your local fire station.
Grabouw: Malcolm Abrahams firstname.lastname@example.org or call
021 859 5525
If you live in the Overstrand region, please use this burn permit.
Please return forms to email@example.com or call 028 313 5052
Some rules around controlled burns
- Permits are issued for different lengths of time depending on the time of year and the type of burn (stubble lands, ecological, rubbish heap, etc.). Please inquire at your local fire station for more information.
- The Fire Brigade does an inspection before issuing the permit. The Overstrand Municipality currently charges a consultation fee for this.
- You may not burn on a Friday, Saturday, Sunday or public holiday.
- You may only burn on a Friday or day before a public holiday with special permission from the Fire Brigade.
- You may not burn on an Orange or Red (Fire Danger Index) day.
- You are bound by the personnel and equipment numbers as on the application.
- You must inform your neighbours and/or other authorities 2 weeks prior to the burn and again daily before burning starts.
- You must inform the control centre or local fire station daily before burning starts.
- All fires have to be extinguished before 16:30 daily.
- Patrol the area until the burnt area is cold.
- You are responsible for the burn and its consequences.
Do you have renosterveld on your property?
Renosterveld is critically endangered, and forms a vital part of the Cape Floral Kingdom. Fire management is also crucial in renosterveld. So we’ve partnered with the Overberg Renosterveld Conservation Trust, to compile some golden rules for ecological prescribed burns in renosterveld.
Tel. Dr Odette Curtis: 083 551 3341
WHAT’S HAPPENING IN OUR WORLD
Fire investigation help is now available to members of the Greater Overberg Fire Protection Association (#goFPA). A team of investigators can help landowners to determine how a veldfire started by collecting factual data on the causes of wildfires/veldfires in the Overberg.
The Overberg (Overberg District Municipality and Overstrand Local Municipality) is preparing for a challenging fire season. Due to the dry conditions across many parts of the region, fire-fighting teams are on high alert. The fire season officially started in November.
The Overberg region has been hard hit by three major fires in the past week. Two are still burning, with teams still fighting to suppress both fires. The fire on the Denel Overberg Test Range started on Friday 24 February. The fire was ignited following standard missile testing …
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