VKLM FIRE

 

The portal for public information to residents within the Victor Khanye Municipal area on safety

 

Sunday, 21 January 1900
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By notice from the Webmaster

With the FDI being Yellow, the FDI score is 58 for today, above the threshold of 45. Firebreaks / controlled burning is not recommended for today, a contributing factor is the high winds and gusts expected throughout the day.

 

No burn permits will be issued for the next few days.

February to March

 

Start looking at your risks in terms of veld fires (remember to have a look at the tall grass on the property)

 

Start budgetting for equipment that needs repairs or replacements

 

Start acquiring chemicals for the preparation of fire breaks. REMEMBER Fire breaks are a clear path on the property border to assist in the management of veld fires and does not have to be burned, removing vegitation or ploughing or scraping is also forms of firebreaks.

 

If you intend to use mutual fire breaks with neighbours, start speaking to them to initiate the agreements.

 

Are you a member of the Fire Protection Association? - if not or you have not paid your member fees up to date, start planning for this as well. Renewals are payable as from 1 April.

 

April to June

 

Prepare chemical traces.

 

Update contact details of all neighbours.

 

Check that water points have adequate supplies.

 

Check that your fire fighting equipment are in working conditions / serviced.

TAKE NOTE: Grassfires will already be a risk from Mid to end April...

 

Check if all tools conform to FPA standards.

 

Train your employees in fire management.

 

Do your fire crew members have appropriate protective clothing?

 

Implement action plan for firebreak preparation.

 

Do you understand the obligation of your insurance warranties?

 

Do you understand the legal implications concerning your liabilities?

 

Did you renew your FPA membership for the year?

 

Is all thatch roof structures treated, or cleared around it, or do you have

measures in place to protect it from accidental/incidental ignition timeously?

 

Slash burning allowed if weather permits - get burning permit from FPA.

 

 

JULY

 

Start wrapping up on controlled burning operations by at least the 25th

 

No burning operations from 31 July to End of August

 

Have all resources at the ready and act immediately when a fire is discovered

 

FDI is expected to increase to orange more frequently through the month.

 

 

AUGUST

 

All Fire Breaks and Burning operations must be completed by now.

 

Be vigilant and act quickly upon discovery of grass fires, remember, the windy conditions may cause runaway grassfires if not contained early.

 

FDI will remain turn orange more frequently through most of the month with some red days expected as well.

 

SEPTEMBER

 

The windy season is past, but the wind will remain for a while still. With little to no rain expected, the possibility of grassfires are still very high.

 

Be vigilant as conditions are very dangerous and grassfires can very easily turn into life threatening conditions.

 

Act quickly to put out fires to prevent it from increasing in severity. Keep fire fighting equipment at the ready.

 

OCTOBER

 

Rain is expected from about the second week. Grassfires will be more manageable thereafter, but not conditions may still be risky.

 

Planting season will commence. Start preparations to service fire fighting equipment and get them repaired where necassary from now until December.

 

Land owners who have FPA skid units can start returning the units to the Fire Station for service and repairs. Owners have until the end of November to return the units.

Below are a list of activities that needs to, or already had to be concluded to assist in prevention of unnessasary fire outbreak or spread of fires.

South African Fire Danger Index reference;

 

Fire Danger Index Description

Category

FDI Precaution

Safe / Low Fire Danger

 

BLUE

0 – 20

Low fire hazard. Controlled burn operations can normally be executed with reasonable degree of safety

Moderate Fire Danger

 

 

 

GREEN

21 - 45

Although controlled burning operations can be executed without creating a fire hazard, care must be taken when burning on exposed areas or slopes. Keep a constant watch for unexpected wind speed and direction changes

Dangerous Fire Danger

 

 

YELLOW

46 - 60

Controlled burning not recommended when fire danger index exceeds 45. Extreme caution should be taken and fast acting when fires are discovered are encouraged

Very Dangerous Fire Danger

 

 

ORANGE

61 - 75

No controlled burning on any nature should take place. Careful note should be taken of any sign of smoke anywhere, especially on the upwind side. Any fire should be attacked with maximum force at hand

Extremely Dangerous fire danger

 

 

 

 

RED

75 and higher

No burning operations of any kind are permitted. All personnel and equipment should be removed from the field. Fire teams, labour and equipment are to be placed on full standby. At first sign of smoke, every possible measure should be taken in order to bring the fire under control in the shortest possible time. Keep a constant eye on wind speed and direction

ACTIVITIES TO BE DONE IN PREPARATION FOR

GRASSFIRE SEASON

REPORT ALL FIRE INCIDENTS TO THE CHIEF FIRE OFFICER, EVEN IF THEY WERE HANDLED BY YOURSELVES. ALL FIRES HAVE TO BE REPORTED