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
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.
FLY RATES (INCLUDING VAT):
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.
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|
|Fuel load, access||Caledon||CAL5|
|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|
|Infrastructure & visitors||Bredasdorp||CAM7|
|Substation / Fuel load||Grabouw/Elgin||GRA6|
|Fuel load, access||Grabouw/Elgin||GRA8|
|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|
|Fire Break Planning||Overstrand||OVE09|
|CAL Fire Project||Overstrand||OVE14|
|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|
|Illegal harvesting (woodcutters)||Overstrand||OVE27|
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