UFPA marks the end of fire season

2018-12-05 06:01
Award winners at the UFPA end of season braai.photo: supplied

Award winners at the UFPA end of season braai.photo: supplied

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THE Umovti Fire Protection Association (UFPA) end of fire season braai was held on Friday evening, November 23 at the Jondol.

There was a great turn out of members and their spouses to enjoy this evening.

At this gathering members are able to reflect on the past fire season.

According to the Kwazulu-Natal Fire Protection Association (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 28mm of rain, which did bring some relief to the very dry spring conditions.

This past fire season, 114 incidents were reported, this is a decrease of 12% compared to the number of incidents recorded in 2017.

The total area burnt in 2018 was 328.8 hectares compared to 891.4 hectares in 2017. It is pleasing to note that there were no major incidents.

Once again the community is thanked for the great camaraderie that our area enjoys, in terms of members of our community always being ready to be called upon to respond to a fire call out. The UFPA is 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 except over weekends (Friday 6 pm — Monday 6 am). 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/or FireHawk.

The UFPA committee would like to recommend that one ceases burning from December 14 to January 3 to allow sufficient time for your fires to be extinguished prior to the Christmas shut down.

The jovial part of the evening was once again the end of fire season awards with cleverly thought-out prizes and descriptions of the reason the award was being presented to the prize-winners by Murray Mason (Bracken Timbers and UFPA committee member).
AWARDS GIVEN ON THE DAY

“Retail Therapy Award” — Andrew Mason

“K53 Award” — Sipho Thomo

“Precision Pest Control Award” — David Mhlongo
“Grooming is Great Award” — Avela Mana

“Fire Suppression System Award” — Vernon Hohls

“Domestic Lessons Award” — Lawrence Hill, Matt Crowe, Lathaniel Reynolds, Andrew Mason
“Superhero Award” — Kelvin Barton

“Rookie of the Year Award” — Moses Dlamini

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