01 August 2019 - 31 July 2020
Chapters 4 and 5 of the National Veld and Forest Fire Act, 1998 (Act No. 101 of 1998)
Overstrand Municipality hereby notifies Interested and Affected Parties of the intention to burn ageing and overgrown vegetation in Overstrand area as indicated in table 1.
In an effort to reduce the impact of veld fires, Overstrand Fire and Disaster Management in cooperation with Overstrand Environmental Services, embark on a program to reduce fuels loads (aged /overgrown vegetation) with the aim of better managing out of control veld fires and stimulating natural growth succession.
The identified prescribed block burns are dependent on season and weather conditions which are conducive for the burning of firebreaks or blocks. Fire safety is of utmost importance and the program will be adapted in order to maintain safe burning conditions. This means that each prescribed burn will be carefully assessed by a committee consisting of Overstrand Fire and Disaster, Overstrand Environmental Services, Cape Nature and Grater Overberg Fire Protection Association (goFPA). A Strict criteria will be followed to ensure a safe and successful burn, should some of these identified block burns not take place it will stand over to the following year. Please note that areas will be burnt to create a natural mosaic patter as such other areas of importance will be burnt in consecutive years.
Table 1: Identified prescribed block burns (maps of identified areas are available at the Overstrand Municipal’s website, www.overstrand.gov.za)
All vehicles, ground crews, equipment and aerial support will be under the control of the Incident Commander at the Command Centre. The programme will be adapted according to weather conditions which promote the health and safety of participants and residents. All surrounding roads shall be a controlled and restricted access area for the duration of the burn and for 48 hours thereafter. Access shall be restricted to residents of the affected area only. Pedestrians and vehicles must ensure a safe working environment for fire response units at all times. All persons present shall be under the control of the Chief Fire Officer and delegated fire officer. The decision of the Chief Fire Officer is final. Note that it is an offense in terms of Sections 25 (6) of the National Veld and Forest Fire Act, 1998 to disregard the instructions of the Chief Fire Officer or designated officials. All offenders will be prosecuted.
By Order: Mr. C. Groenewald (Municipal Manager) / Mr. L. Smith (Chief Fire Officer)