FAQ What are my legal responsibilities

The National Veld and Forest Fire Act states that any landowner on whose land a fire may start, or from which it may spread, must take actions to prevent destruction from runaway wildfire. This includes preparing firebreaks, training staff to start fighting such fires and ensuring that staff have the necessary equipment and protective clothing. The FPA helps you to fulfil these obligations better by pooling resources in a specific area, which reduces your costs.


If a fire starts on your property and you have not complied with the Act, you are legally responsible for any damage it causes to your neighbour’s property. If you are an FPA member and have complied with the Act and FPA’s rules, it will be the claimant’s responsibility to prove that you were negligent, at his cost. Landowners who are not FPA members must prove their own innocence at their own cost.