2013 fire season kicks off
The fire season has officially started. And land users are now being encouraged to ensure they’re prepared for it.
According to Henrietta Brock, the Global Environment Facility (GEF) FynbosFire Operational Support Officer at the Overberg District Municipality, land users should use this time to undertake last-minute fire-break clearing, and clear away debris and vegetation from around buildings. Firefighting equipment and sprinkler systems should also be tested. “Now is (also) the time to brief all people living and working on your property on what to do in the event of a fire.”
The fire season kicked off on Monday, 4 November. The Overberg district is hoping to be prepared for any wild fires that may break out in the area. In 2006 and 2009, out-of-control fires caused havoc in the Overberg, destroying thousands of hectares of pristine fynbos and destroying many livelihoods in the process. Last year, fires sprang up in Swellendam and burnt large sections of the Kleinrivier Mountains near Stanford.
Brock says it is everyone’s responsibility to report fires.
Any fires should be reported to the Overberg Fire Department on 028 425 1690 or the Overstrand Fire Department on 028 313 8000.