wildfire management

Readiness & Risk Reduction

It is important to be #WILDFIREREADY long before it happens.
Here is a comprehensive list of documents to guide you to become #wildfireready:

FIRE DANGER RATING

WHAT IS IT?

The national Fire Danger Rating System is designed to apply in 42 distinct regions each with different fire conditions. Within each region data relating to flammable fuel structure and condition (fuel models) must be specified, together with daily forecast weather data, for inputting to the fire danger model. This model is used to calculate daily forecast Fire Danger Index values. The forecast indices of fire danger are then entered into a Fire Danger Rating Table. The table classifies fire danger rating in five categories:

FDI: BEST OPERATING PRACTICES

The sole purpose of any fire danger rating system is to attempt to indicate with a rating on how things will burn or will burn in the future.

The South African Weather Services (SAWS) each day develops a rating for the day and a prediction for the following day. This is in the form of a number and associated colour coding.

This information will be e-mailed to all managers in TMNP and CPFPA members, from the month of October, Monday to Friday in the morning.

Due to the chance or likelihood of a fire occurring as a result of an increase in the FDI, the following activities will not be allowed within TMNP when the FDI exceeds 60, i.e. on Orange and Red days.

These activities include (although not limited to) the following:

General rules to be observed:

REPORTING FIRE

PLEASE REPORT ALL FIRES WITHIN THE METRO TO:

COCT FIRE AND RESCUE SERVICES 021 590 1900
ALTERNATIVELY;
CALL 021 480 7700 (CELL PHONE) OR 107 (TELKOM LINE)

Reporting & Response

Reporting and responding to a fire without any delay can mean the difference between minor damage and total destruction.

The public is therefore encouraged to report any signs of fire, regardless of how insignificant it may appear, to their local fire service:

City of Cape Town Fire & Rescue Services

Control Room: 021 590 1900

Alternatively: 107 (from a landline) or 021 480 7700 (from a cell phone)

for fires outside the City of Cape Town:

What information should you supply when reporting a wildfire?

Information should be as relevant as possible to ensure an immediate and prepared response from
the local fire services:

We have compiled a response plan for landowners to follow in the event of a wildfire on his or her property:

WILDFIRE REPORTED

Contact

City Fire & Rescue Services (CTFRS)

021 590 1900

Alternative CTFRS 

021 480 7700
(Mobile)

107
(Landline)

Deploy own resources and/or firefighting agent

CTFRS arrives and takes charge

Contact CPFPA
(if necessary)

Contact neighbors taking threat and resources into account 

Contact Newlands Dispatch

If Helderberg WoF is required

021 689 7438/9

Landowner representative to report to IC / CTFRS Officer in charge

Comply with instructions from Incident Commander (IC)

Contact Enviro Wildfire to conduct a Wildfire Investigation if required

083 411 3378