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Fire Protection Associations are a group of landowners that prevent and manage wildland fires in a defined area.

Fire Protection Associations (FPA) should work with an Umbrella FPA (UFPA) operating at a provincial level and aligned with the Provincial Disaster Management Centre.

The UFPA benefits a number of smaller FPAs through shared resources and services.

FPAs were born out of the necessity for a single Integrated Wildfire Management structure. The National Veld and Forest Fire Act of 1998 recognises this need and promotes that all landowners, where there is a high and fairly uniform risk of wildfires, and where that risk justifies the costs of organising and maintaining the FPA, organise themselves into a forum which can become a registered FPA.