SUPPORT the #firefighters battling the Overberg Fires  

FIRE SEASON 2019/2020

We’re ready for a busy 2019/20 fire season. And we know you are too.


Here’s what you should know, now that we’re in the fire season:

In the Overberg:

  • Operational vehicles are on standby – with most based in Bredasdorp, Struisbaai, Caledon, Grabouw, Villiersdorp, Riviersonderend and Swellendam.
  • Working on Fire teams are on standby; one of the teams is based at Bredasdorp. 2 additional teams from NCC Environmental Services can be brought in if needed, multiple resources from Enviro Wildfire Services and Volunteer Wildfire Services crews are available.
  • 24h Fire Control room number: 028 425 1690

In the Overstrand:

  • Operational vehicles are on standby.
  • Working on Fire team on standby is based at Kleinmond.
  • The Overberg District Municipality and the Overstrand Municipality assist each other with resources as and when required.
  • 24h Fire Control room number: 028 312 2400

Aerial Resources:

A helicopter and spotter plane are based at Bredasdorp from 1 December to end April. The aircraft will be used in the rapid initial attack.

  • The Fire Chiefs have a limited budget which they can use at their discretion for initial attack. The high-risk planning, which was completed during the winter months, will assist in the decision-making.
  • Landowners are encouraged to speak to their brokers to obtain the necessary insurance cover, in order to cover additional aerial firefighting costs.



Spotters: R 5 060 per hour
AT 802 SEAT: R 33 127 per hour
Helicopters: R 39 438 per hour
ASV (R/km): R 31 per km
Black Hawk:  R 79 350 per hour


Aerial support – What you must do:

FILL IN YOUR AERIAL SUPPORT FORMS – this form can be completed in advance.

Ensure your insurance is in place (you may wish to take out ‘fire suppression insurance’ as well as ‘risk of spread insurance’).

You MUST give verbal permission BEFORE we send aerial support.




Here’s an example of how to complete your aerial assistance form.

Mop-up operations – Your responsibility:

Once the fire has been extinguished, landowners are responsible for the mop-up operations on their properties. The first 24-72 hours are crucial to ensure fires don’t flare up again.

Landowner – are you going away?

If you’re away during the holidays, please arrange with your neighbour on the course of action to take if threatened by a wildfire.

NOTE: The emphasis is on the first hour. We put all our resources into putting the fire out in the first hour. Thereafter we determine the best strategy, based on the fire’s location and immediate threats.

High-risk areas in the Overberg

Some of the Overberg’s high-risk areas were identified prior to the start of the 2019/20 Fire Season. This followed integrated stakeholder sessions including the Overberg District Municipality, CapeNature, Overstrand Fire and goFPA.

The hotspots identified on this map were selected because of their high-impact setting and potential risks, including high fuel loads, braai areas and illegal wood cutting.



Rivier, fuel load Caledon CAL1
Lack of access, fuel load Caledon CAL2
KolKol infrastructure Caledon CAL3
Fuel load Caledon CAL4
Fuel load, access Caledon CAL5
Sandie’s Glen Bredasdorp CAM1
Sandie’s Glen – heavy fuel load Bredasdorp CAM2
Alien / urban edge Bredasdorp CAM3
Bredasdorp Fire Brigade Bredasdorp CAM4
Access / Fire fuel load next to road Bredasdorp CAM5
Houtmakers Bredasdorp CAM6
Infrastructure & visitors Bredasdorp CAM7
2018 Grabouw/Elgin GRA1
Fuel load Grabouw/Elgin GRA2
Sawmill Grabouw/Elgin GRA3
Fuel load Grabouw/Elgin GRA4
Fuel load Grabouw/Elgin GRA5
Substation / Fuel load Grabouw/Elgin GRA6
Proefplaas Grabouw/Elgin GRA7
Fuel load, access Grabouw/Elgin GRA8
Illegal woodcutters Overstrand OVE01
High Risk Overstrand OVE02
Fuel load & firebreaks Overstrand OVE03
Fuel load and fire breaks 2 Overstrand OVE04
Fuel loads & fire breaks Overstrand OVE05
Fuel loads & fire breaks Overstrand OVE06
Moravian Church Overstrand OVE07
Shooting range Overstrand OVE08
Fire Break Planning Overstrand OVE09
High ignitions Overstrand OVE10
WUI 2 Overstrand OVE11
Corridor Overstrand OVE12
WUI 1 Overstrand OVE13
CAL Fire Project Overstrand OVE14
Braai spots Overstrand OVE15
Informal settlements Overstrand OVE16
High Risk 1 Overstrand OVE17
High Risk 2 Overstrand OVE18
High fuel load 1 & Eskom Risk Overstrand OVE19
High fuel load 2 Overstrand OVE20
Illegal harvesting of wood Overstrand OVE21
Fire Management Plan Overstrand OVE22
Chris 1 Overstrand OVE23
Chris 2 Overstrand OVE24
Chris 3 Overstrand OVE25
Chris 4 Overstrand OVE26
Illegal harvesting (woodcutters) Overstrand OVE27


Make sure your home has defendable space.

Here’s more on what we mean.


Contact us if you have any questions: Louise & Pieter: 063 690 7899


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