The purpose of the National Veld and Forest Fire Act 101 of 1998 (NVFFA) is to safeguard communities, the economy and environment from uncontrolled veld, forest and mountain fires throughout the Republic and provides a variety of institutions, methods, and practices for achieving the purpose. Veldfires often become emergencies that threaten life and assets of the community at large and requires collective co-operation to prevent and control under the various conditions that they occur in. Effective management of wildfires requires organisational structure, strategy, plans, information, networks, skills, and equipment that cannot adequately be provided by any one organisation alone and requires an integrated approach. Integrated Wildfire Management (IFM) by nature requires close collaboration and coordination between various role players and stakeholders. Within the Free State province an operational structure has been created to facilitate the effective implementation of IFM in a sustainable, transparent and accountable manner on a local, regional and provincial level.
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