Bastrop wildfire victims may recover damages

Posted on May 5th, 2015 No Comments

Certain Bastrop homeowners whose homes were badly damaged in the monumental wildfire that struck the area nearly four years ago may possibly recover some losses after two lawsuits were recently filed against a Pennsylvania-based company, the Austin American-Statesman reported on April 16. Reports said the lawsuits alleged that Asplundh Expert Tree Company committed grave negligence that resulted 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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Emergency Management Coordinator recounts Bastrop wildfire experience

Posted on September 19th, 2014 No Comments

An Emergency Management Coordinator in Bastrop County recounted his experience during the wildfire that struck the county three years ago, KTBC FOX 7 reported on September 5. According to Mike Fisher, the first 72 hours of the incident were critical for his team, as they attempted to coordinate with other resources on September 4, 2011. Over 1,500 houses were […]

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Bastrop County secures a $4M FEMA grant

Posted on June 10th, 2014 No Comments

A FEMA grant worth $4 million was recently given to Bastrop County to further assist with efforts in protecting its forests from future wildfires, KXAN reported on May 29. The funds granted by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will be used to clear dead trees from 400 acres of forest. According to FEMA coordinator Mike Fisher, forest clearing operations will be conducted […]

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As anniversary of Bastrop wildfire approaches, experts provide wildfire prevention tips

Posted on August 21st, 2013 No Comments

Wildfire precaution tips were recently provided by a Wildland Urban Interface Specialist with the A&M Forest Service Program as the second year anniversary of Bastrop wildfire nears, a report said on Monday, August 12. Specialist Will Boettner encouraged residents to have some sort of space between their home and vegetation. Residents are also advised to clean […]

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Brush fire in Bastrop County

Posted on July 31st, 2013 No Comments

After a brush fire broke out near Smithville on Monday, burning across 220 acres, Bastrop County firefighters were sent to control and monitor the fire. About 50 percent of the fire was already contained by the evening crew on Monday night. According to Chief James Elam of the Smithville Fire Department, Star Flight was brought […]

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Texas to receive $31.2M more from FEMA for costs of wildfires

Posted on May 1st, 2013 No Comments

Texas recently received more than $31.2 million from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to replenish funds used in fighting wild fires in 2011. The FEMA award will cover ground and air support, equipment costs, and meals and lodging incurred in battling wild fires in Swenson, Rockhouse, PK West, Wildcat, Oasis Pipeline Fire, Tejano Canyon, […]

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Texas to receive wildfire recovery funds

Posted on March 24th, 2013 No Comments

Texas will receive a National Emergency Grant totaling more than $1.2 million for the recovery of the counties that were affected by the 2011 wildfires, the U.S. Department of Labor said on Monday, March 11. A federal grant amounting to $406,000 will be given to Texas counties to fund temporary jobs for continued work on […]

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