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Fire season: Investigations unveil ignitions

Fire investigators have been able to identify alleged fire-starters – both human and other – during the past fire season. The team from Enviro Wildfire Services has investigated most fires in the Overberg between October 2018 and May 2019. Thanks to their information

A devastating fire season – the goFPA counts the costs

The 2018/19 fire season has become known as one of the most overwhelming in the history of the Overberg. While more than 30 wildfires burned during the season, 20 of these were very damaging and very costly. Many of these fires also affected more than one...

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 during the current fire season. Why do we support ecological burns? (And why are these burns important during March

Elgin wildfire brings a community together

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.

15 tips to better protect your home against wildfires

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

What to include in your evacuation go-bag?

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

The Overberg prepares for a “busy” fire season

The Overberg should prepare for a challenging fire season ahead, according to the Overberg District Municipality’s Executive Mayor, Andries Franken. He was speaking at the official launch of the 2018/19 fire season in Bredasdorp on Wednesday 5 December 2018. The event...

Overberg farmers: Here’s what to prepare for this year

The 2018/19 fire season in the Western Cape could become one of the worst in living memory. That’s according to Anton Bredell, the MEC of local government, environmental affairs and development planning, at the official launch of the fire season …

12 brande ontstaan in een Oktober naweek

Een naweek in Oktober; en die Overberg word geraak deur 12 brande. En dit nog voor die amptelike begin van die brandseisoen.   Hier is wat gebeur het op die naweek van 13 en 14 Oktober 2018:   1. Net voor 9.00 op Saterdag, 13 Oktober, is ‘n brand...




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