The responsibilities of people in control of land
All owners on whose land a veldfire may start or burn or from whose land it may spread must:
  • prepare firebreaks on their side of the boundary if there is a reasonable risk of veldfire
  • have such equipment, protective clothing and trained personnel for extinguishing fires as are:
  • prescribed (in the regulations)
  • if there are no regulations, reasonably required in the circumstances
  • take all reasonable steps to notify the FPO of the local FPA (if there is one) when a fire breaks out
  • do everything in their power to stop the spread of the fire.

The Act also requires that if the owner is absent, he or he must have a responsible person present on or nearby his or her land to:
  • extinguish a fire if one broke out, or assist others to do so
  • take all reasonable steps to alert the neighbours and the FPA (if there is one).
The owner may appoint an agent to act on his or her behalf to perform these duties.

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