THE end of fire season braai was held on Friday evening.There was a good turn out of members and their spouses who enjoyed the evening. At this gathering members were able to reflect on the past fire season.We have at last come to the end of a very dry fire season. Due to the drought conditions the district had experienced, members were prepared for a very busy and long fire season. This month we were grateful to have received on average, across the district approximately 100 mm of rain, which has brought relief to a very dry spring.This past fire season, 132 incidents were reported; this is an increase of 15% compared to the number of incidents recorded in 2018. The total area burnt in 2019 was 1,827.4 ha compared to 360.2 ha in 2018. There were a few major damages, however there were no fatalities reported during these drastic times. It must be noted that the members of our community and fire-fighters are always ready to be called upon to respond to a fire call out and the Umvoti Fire Protection Association (UFPA) are extremely grateful for their response and attitude shown towards fire fighting. As we approach summer there is a possibility of wild fires and lightning strikes are still a risk, please stay alert. Brushwood may be burnt daily except over weekends (Friday 6pm – Monday 6am). No burning is to take place on public holidays without an application being made in writing, in advance to the UFPA FPO. All burns are to be logged through G911 and or Firehawk. The UFPA committee would like to recommend that one ceases burning on December 13, 2019 - January 6, 2020 to allow sufficient time for your fires to be extinguished prior to the Christmas shutdown. The jovial part of the evening was once again the end of fire season – “awards” with cleverly thought out prizes and explanations of the reason the award was being presented to the prize-winners, by Murray Mason (Bracken Timbers and UFPA committee member). The awards were as follows:“Pink Panther Award” (does your dog bite?) - Andrew Mason“Origin Water Award” – Andrew Merson“Broken Telephone Award” – Peter and Greg Hull”Air time Award” (controlling bomber planes) – Neil Dobeyn“Torga Optical Award” – Sean Sneyd“Burning Permit Award” – Juanita Mason”Hydration Engineers” – Derrick Clegg & Andrew Mason“Traffic Cop Award” – Dean Brown / Ian Redfern”Fire Fighting 101 Award” – Ntando Majozi”Fire Fighter of the Year” – Ken Adendorff. — Supplied.