Lions River Fire Protection Association

Fire Break Preparation & Controlled Burning PDF Print E-mail

SUMMARY:

Controlled Burning: During the period 1 May - 31 October, annually (or as advised by the LRFPA) no fire of any nature is permitted in the open air, unless in a designated area such as a fire place.  No burning of refuse pitS, grass stackS, garden refuse stacks, brush burning, forestry slash burning or any other type of open air fire is permitted during the mentioned months. Please contact Lions River FPA if you are unsure and ask the relvant questions.

Boundary breaks with neighbours - All members must prepare fire breaks on his or her side of the common boundary with the adjoining land where there is a risk of spread of fire from or over the property. A recommended 10-15 m fire break width on each side of the boundary, taking terrain and fuel load conditions into consideration, is recommended.

Member’s duties when preparing fire breaks

1. Generally burning prohibitions / regulations are in place between the 1st May and 31st October – consult with LRFPA regarding burning dates.
2. No burning of any nature may take place on Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays
3. No burning of fire breaks or controlled burning for grass management purposes, if LRFPA or FireHawk have said NO to burning for whatever reason.

Prescribed burning procedures - A member who has reason to believe that a fire on his or her land or the land of an adjoining owner may endanger life, property or the environment, must immediately take all reasonable steps to notify -

1. the fire protection officer
2. the owners of adjoining land; and
3. do everything in his or her power to stop the spread of the fire.

COMPULSORY Pre-burning procedures / Permits - ATTENTION ALL LANDOWNERS -  whether a memebr or not - Please read the Lions River FPA Rules & Regulations (refert to Document Downloads page)  and ensure that you comply with the type of burning activity as and when permitted during the course of the year in the LRFPA area of operation - the onus is on the landowner / landuser to ensure full undertanding in this regard and the rules and regulations are stricter during the period 1 May - 31 October with regard to any FIRES IN THE OPEN AIR.  Verify the fire danger index for the day and the forecast for the next 24 hours. One must check the local Fire Danger Index (FDI) – PLEASE CONTACT FireHawk or LRFPA (033-330 3702 / 033-330 6369 / 073 704 5862) to receive a burning permit number for the day.

The Lions River FPA has the authroity to allow or disallow burning on any specific day in accorddance with the law.

Post-burning procedures:
Mopping up: The entire fire line must be adequately contained. All smoldering embers must be extinguished with water.
A minimum 1.5 m safe fire line area must be created along the entire perimeter of the burn, especially in forested areas.
A grass burn does require patrol if the forecast weather index is in the orange or red the following day, for possible flare ups.

District and regional roads:
To burn fire breaks safely along side a district or regional road the following are required:
Appropriate signage, red flags, and reflective vests & notify KZN Transport.  All other types of burning in a road reserve will be regarded as an offense.

Sawmill / Charcoal sites
The production site and timber yards will be surrounded by a fire break of a minimum of 15 metres in width. Adequate equipment must be installed to reduce the spread of fire and dampen all standing timber logs and / or waste.  No ingition fires are permitted in the open air during the period 1 May - 31 October, unless precautionary measures have been put in place and the Fire Danger Index permits such burning - please check with the Lions River FPA if not certain.
Burning of waste must take place with an approved incinerator & registered with LRFPA.



Equipment
A member on whose land a veldfire may start or burn or from whose land it may spread must have such equipment, protective clothing and trained personnel for extinguishing fires ensure that in his or her absence responsible persons are present on or near his or her land to assist responsible persons are present on or near his or her land to assist. Please refer to the guidelines as presented in the Rules and Regulations - document download - see Documents



 
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