UFPA 2017 Fire Season

2017-11-22 06:01

THE end-of-fire-season braai was held on Friday evening, November 17 at the Green Bar. There was a great turn-out of members and their spouses.

According to KZNFPA the fire season is considered to be closed once a minimum of 50mm of rain has been recorded and regular summer weather patterns are experienced.

Once again, due to the drought conditions the district had experienced, members were prepared for a very busy and long fire season.

This past week we were grateful to have received on average across the district 55mm of rain - this did bring some relief to the very dry spring conditions.

One hundred and twenty two incidents were reported during this fire season - an increase of 41% compared to the number of incidents recorded in 2016. Total area burnt in 2017 - 849 hectares compared to 539 ha in 2016 and it is pleasing to note there were no major incidents. It must be noted the community is always ready to be called upon to respond to a fire call-out and the UFPA are extremely grateful for their response and attitude shown towards fire fighting.

As we approach summer it must be noted that conditions are still dry and the possibility of a wild fire and lightning strikes are still at risk.

Brushwood may be burnt daily as from November 20 to April 30, 2018. 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. All burns are to be logged through G911 and they will notify FireHawk.

The UFPA committee would like to recommend that one ceases burning on December 12 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 braai - the “awards” with cleverly thought out prizes and descriptions of the reason the award was presented to the prize winners, by Murray Mason (Bracken Timbers and UFPA committee member) and Friedel Eggers (UCL, Dalton) and were as follows:

“Take a shower Award” – Andy Buchan

“Broken Telephone Award” – Sam Pieterse (with Dieter Meyer in his golf spikes as an accomplice).

“Stuffing up the Stats Award” – Andrew Merson and Thokozani Phungula

“Safety First Award” – Ian Redfern

“Junior Pyromaniac Award” – Mike Cooper

“Mistaken Identity Award” – Kelvin Barton and Jack Mason (for the Holme Lacy Trophy cabinet)

“Just Try Harder Award” – Dusty Shaw.

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