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 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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Local church to host plant giveaway

Posted on November 7th, 2012 No Comments

The First Presbyterian Church of Smithville is organizing a plant giveaway for survivors of the devastating wildfires that destroyed hundreds of homes in Bastrop county and the surrounding areas last year. The event will be held this Saturday at the church, located at 300 Burleson St., from 8:00 am to 11:00 am. Plants will be […]

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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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Bastrop official proposes wildfire museum

Posted on July 12th, 2012 No Comments

The coordinator of the Bastrop County Office of Emergency Management, Michael C. Fisher, is hoping to gather resources and information to begin work on a Bastrop County wildfire history museum. Pending approval by the Bastrop County Commissioner’s Court, the proposed museum will include recordings of 911 calls made during the fires, thousands of photographs of […]

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Bastrop HEB donates $32,000 to help fire relief efforts

Posted on July 6th, 2012 No Comments

HEB celebrated 25 years of doing business in Bastrop in a big way last Saturday. In addition to rolling back some prices to the levels they were in 1987 for the day, the grocer made a generous donation of $32,000 to commemorate its 25 years in town. The bulk of the money will be put […]

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Bastrop family subject of “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” episode

Posted on June 14th, 2012 No Comments

A local family is being featured on ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. The show improves or builds houses for families in need. Mitzi Zdroj was a volunteer firefighter during last year’s wildfire. She fought fires around the county while her own home burned to the ground. Luckily, her husband and three children made it out […]

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Bastrop recovery efforts receive $830,000 in grants

Posted on May 25th, 2012 No Comments

On Monday, the the Austin Community Foundation donated more than $830,000 to nonprofits that aim to help Bastrop County’s continued relief efforts after last year’s devastating wildfires. It has donated more than $500,000 in the past. The foundation donated the money to nine individual organizations, including the Bastrop County Lost Pines Recovery Team, Communities in […]

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Family and cat reunited after Labor Day fires

Posted on February 20th, 2012 No Comments

A family and their cat have now been reunited after a they were separated in the Bastrop County wildfire. The family lived in Pine Tree Loop when their house burned down in the Labor Day wildfires. The family was separated from all of their cats and eventually all of them returned except for one. They […]

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Police arrest Bastrop man in connection to five burglaries

Posted on February 6th, 2012 No Comments

Police have arrested a man for allegedly breaking into five homes in the Bastrop area. The arrest came about after the Colorado County sheriff’s department called about a vehicle that was seen in connection to multiple robberies in Bastrop County. Vehicles then positioned themselves on Highway 71, but 30 minutes later, police received a suspected […]

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