FDI: BEST OPERATING PRACTICES
The sole purpose of any fire danger rating system is to attempt to indicate with a rating on how things will burn or will burn in the future.
The South African Weather Services (SAWS) each day develops a rating for the day and a prediction for the following day. This is in the form of a number and associated colour coding.
This information will be e-mailed to all managers in TMNP and CPFPA members, from the month of October, Monday to Friday in the morning.
Due to the chance or likelihood of a fire occurring as a result of an increase in the FDI, the following activities will not be allowed within TMNP when the FDI exceeds 60, i.e. on Orange and Red days.
These activities include (although not limited to) the following:
- The use of brushcutters for bushclearing or maintenance of fire breaks as this can result in sparks igniting the vegetation.
- The use of chainsaws for tree felling as this can result in sparks igniting the vegetation – sparks are usually caused due to poor maintenance of the machine.
- The use of angle grinders for cutting causing sparks.
- The use of welding equipment that can also cause sparks.
- Any other ancillary equipment which is likely to cause ignition to the vegetation.
General rules to be observed:
1. No open fires or gas fires for cooking will be allowed.
2. No smoking other than in designated areas determined by the supervisor.
3. No burning of rubbish or any other material even in containers will be allowed.
PLEASE REPORT ALL FIRES WITHIN THE METRO TO: