SUPPORT the fire-fighters battling the #VDStelsPass Fire
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: Peter Jambo email@example.com or call
021 859 5525
If you live in the Overstrand region, please use this burn permit.
Please return forms to firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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.
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
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
SUPPORT FIRE-FIGHTERS BATTLING
THE VAN DER STEL’S PASS FIRE NOW.
All funds raised will SUPPORT fire-fighters right now battling the devastating Van der Stel’s Pass fire. ALL monies raised will be: - used for fire-fighting essentials, including food and nutrition where needed; - equipment such as radios to improve communication; - cellphone airtime to improve communication where radios can’t help; - and any other essentials.
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