Less active wildfire season predicted by Texas fire experts

Posted on February 25th, 2014 No Comments

Only several parts in Texas will experience the highest wildfire threat this season, and forestry experts have stated that the risk is not as severe as the danger that people faced years ago with the 2011 Bastrop fire. According to reports, fire experts said western parts of Texas that usually experience several stages of drought […]

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Bastrop State Park to host day in the life of a toad event

Posted on October 5th, 2012 No Comments

Bastrop State Park is hosting an event Saturday, October 6, to raise awareness about the endangered Houston toad. This particular species of toad was nearly wiped out in last year’s drought and wildfires. Tomorrow’s event will teach children about a day in the life of one of these toads. It is scheduled to begin at […]

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Water scooping planes could replace tankers in fire fighting efforts

Posted on August 6th, 2012 No Comments

The chief of  U.S. Forest Service has disagreed with a study that using a different approach to fighting large-scale wildfires could yield better results. Presently, the aircraft used to fight wildfires have been dropping fire-retardant chemicals on blazes. The study suggests the Forest Service should begin to incorporate amphibious water scooping planes in its efforts […]

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Wildfire victims to receive Federally-funded homes

Posted on May 31st, 2012 No Comments

The US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced earlier this year that it will be sending funding to Bastrop to help the city rebuild homes lost last summer’s devastating wildfires. The $20 million of federal funding will build an estimated 150 homes. The Texas General Land Office is coming up with a plan […]

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Bastrop emergency workers prepare for variety of adverse weather

Posted on May 15th, 2012 No Comments

Emergency crews in Bastrop are preparing for severe weather this year, including everything from extreme heat to flooding. After last summer’s drought and devastating wildfires, emergency response teams are getting ready for another difficult season, which the state climatologist has predicted will be unusually hot. Response teams are already busy preparing for potential flash flood […]

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Bastrop fire recovery: Restoring Lost Pines may take years

Posted on March 12th, 2012 No Comments

The city of Bastrop is still recovering from the Labor Day fires that destroyed thousands of acres and officials have stated that the recovery for Bastrop State  Park may take much longer. Natural resources coordinator for Texas Parks and Wildlife are now trying to determine how long it will take to get the park back […]

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Benefit held to help man who lost home in Bastrop fire

Posted on February 27th, 2012 No Comments

A music benefit was held on Sunday night in order to raise money for a local musician who lost his home in the Labor day Bastrop fires. The musician, Byron Smith, has been playing in the band ‘The Pictures’ for more than 30 years and his home was destroyed, along with his entire neighborhood, in […]

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