Travis County to utilize wildfire detectors

Posted on June 30th, 2014 No Comments

The City Council of Travis County approved funds for a pilot program involving the installation of wildfire detectors to increase the reaction time to a fire and prevent damages, The Horn reported after the June 12 city council meeting.

The pilot project to be conducted by the Austin Fire Department was approved in a council meeting, and two more FireWatch of America detectors will be purchased at $175,000 each. Though there is already an existing wildfire detector installed in West Lake Hills, another two detectors will be placed in Travis County that can sense fire from a 10 mile distance. FireWatch Texas President Alfred Stanley explained the triangulation of three sensors can accurately detect where the smoke is coming from. After a year, the effectiveness of the program will be reviewed.

In 2011, thousands of houses were ravaged by Bastrop County wildfires. If you are a property owner that continues to struggle getting the funds you need for restoration, the lawyers at Williams Kherkher may advocate for you. Learn more by calling (800) 639-8460.

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