On Thursday, 5 October 2017, Overstrand Fire and Disaster Management in cooperation with Overstrand Environmental Services, embarked on a program to reduce aged and overgrown vegetation in the Sandbaai area. The aim is to better manage out of control veld fires and to improve the ecological biodiversity of the neighbourhood concerned.
The identified prescribed block burn is dependent on season and weather conditions which are conducive for the burning of firebreaks or blocks. Fire safety is of utmost importance in incidents like this and, where necessary, the programme will be adapted in order to maintain safe burning conditions. This means that the prescribed burn will be carefully assessed by a committee consisting of Overstrand Fire and Disaster and Overstrand Environmental Services..
All resources are under the control of an Incident Commander; The Incident Command System (ICS) is a standardized approach to the command, control, and coordination of emergency response providing a common hierarchy within which responders from multiple agencies can be effective.
Coastal fynbos is more succulent, which means there are no big flames expected. The Working on Fire (WOF) teams were divided into two; with the one division initiating the burn from the east end into the wind, towards westerly direction topside and another division to continue with the burning process bottom side.
All surrounding roads shall be a controlled and restricted access area for the duration of the burn and for 48 hours thereafter. Access shall be restricted to residents of the affected area only.