Our farmer’s checklist: 8 tips to prepare for fire season

Our farmer’s checklist: 8 tips to prepare for fire season

Before fire season starts, there are a number of things landowners must ensure are in place – to prepare for wildfires. Here is a farmer’s checklist to guide our members BEFORE the start of fire season.  TIP 1 Help us find water sources when fighting fire on...
Preventing wildfire through this innovative partnership

Preventing wildfire through this innovative partnership

The Greater Overberg Fire Protection Association is teaming up with solar energy finance company, Sun Exchange, to tackle the ever-increasing threat of wildfire. It’s a first-of-its-kind partnership for both the goFPA and Sun Exchange.   Through the deal, Sun...
World Water Day: Tips for fire management in wetlands

World Water Day: Tips for fire management in wetlands

The Overberg is well known for its fynbos and renosterveld. But less is known about the important wetlands you’ll find in the district – and the role they play in securing water for Overberg inhabitants.  These wetlands face numerous threats. Topping that list are the...
Why ecological burns?

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 come fire season.   Why do we...
Evacuating your pets safely (tips from Dr Hensie Lategan)

Evacuating your pets safely (tips from Dr Hensie Lategan)

During a high-stress situation, such as a wildfire closing in on your home, panicked pets rarely do what you want them to do. That’s why you should prepare for this eventuality BEFORE it becomes a reality. Bredasdorp Animal Hospital’s Dr Hensie Lategan shares his tips...
LCES: Your wildfire defence strategy

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. What does it stand for? L Lookouts C Communication E Escape routes S...