Bastrop officials to hire wildfire mitigation personnel

Posted on March 24th, 2015 No Comments

Commissioners in Bastrop County recently approved the staffing of the county’s program to reduce and prevent wildfire risk, the Austin American-Statesman reported on March 11. The 14 positions that will fill the wildfire mitigation project of Bastrop will help remove wildfire fuel within an estimated 4,000 acres of vegetation that was ravaged by the 2011 wildfire. […]

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Thousands of trees given to Bastrop residents

Posted on February 11th, 2015 No Comments

Over 20,000 trees were recently given to Bastrop residents for the continuous recovery from the wildfire that ravaged the area in 2011, KXAN reported on February 7. Reports said people in Bastrop have already planted more than 1 million trees after the fire broke out that destroyed 1,600 houses and scorched 34,000 acres of vegetations. Several […]

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Bastrop County continues its restoration efforts

Posted on January 8th, 2015 No Comments

Bastrop County broadens its efforts to recover the area after the huge wildfire that took place three years ago, reported on January 2. According to EMA Director Mike Fisher, the expanded recovery effort in Bastrop “kind of helps Mother Nature along.” Fisher stressed the importance of the erosion control work in the continuous recovery […]

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Wildfire reduction study approved in Bastrop County

Posted on December 23rd, 2014 No Comments

Commissioners in Bastrop County recently permitted a company to assess the wildfire risk in the county in an effort to reduce and prevent devastating wildfire, an article of Statesman reported on December 11. Reports said Anchor Point Group was approved by the Bastrop County Commissioners to study the wildfire risk throughout the county. Emergency Management Coordinator Mike Fisher […]

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Bastrop State Park seeking help to restore forest

Posted on December 15th, 2014 No Comments

Bastrop State Park officials are looking for kind-hearted individuals who will help plant 500,000 trees in the forest that was burned by wildfire in 2011, stated on December 4. According to reports, the reforestation project will begin this month and is expected to end by early February of next year. those participating in the […]

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Bastrop County home reconstruction project ended

Posted on December 1st, 2014 No Comments

The Austin-American Statesman reported on November 26 that one home reconstruction project taken on by the Bastrop County Long Term Recovery Team (BCLTRT) came to an end. According to reports, the last home constructed by the team was given to Julie and Daniel Gutierrez. The Gutierrez’s house was part of the 133 houses built by the BCLTRT. The […]

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Bastrop County fire crews to advance skills at Camp Swift

Posted on November 5th, 2014 No Comments

Fire crews in Bastrop County are attending training at Camp Swift, one of the largest wildfire academies in the U.S., reported on October 23. Reports said fire crews across the state and nation will attend the yearly Capital Area Interagency Wildfire and Incident Management Academy from October 24 until November 6. Public information officer […]

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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 […]

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Bastrop electric company makes settlements for 2011 wildfire lawsuits

Posted on April 3rd, 2014 No Comments

A majority of the lawsuits that were filed against Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative in relation to the 2011 Bastrop County wildfire have already been settled by the company, the Austin American Statesman reported online on March 31. The Bastrop-based nonprofit firm reportedly was sued by at least 70 insurance providers after the devastating wildfire broke out […]

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Texas fire crews gear up as drought continues

Posted on March 10th, 2014 No Comments

Fire crews in Central Texas are gearing up for potential wildfires as drought continues to plague the state, an article published on February 27 on stated. According to reports, at least 75 fire crews in Pflugerville underwent training during which their communication skills were honed by Captain Bobby Ortiz to reduce the risk of […]

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