Lakeway: A Firewise Community
We made it!
The City of Lakeway received notice of its recognition as a Firewise Community/USA® on May 8, 2013. Lakeway is the 900th Firewise Community in the United States. Read about it in the press release from the National Fire Protection Association:
NFPA's Firewise Communities Program tops 900th Community Mark
To celebrate, educate, and (perhaps) inspire, the Lakeway Firewise Committee joined with the Texas A&M Forest Service and Lake Travis Fire Rescue to hold a Wildfire Awareness Town Hall Event on June 26, 2013 at Lakeway City Hall.
Firewise Communities/USA® Recognition
Firewise Communities/USA® have undertaken a series of steps to reduce the risk of catastrophic losses of life and property to wildfire in the wildland-urban interface. The recognition program was developed by the Firewise Communities Program, a branch of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). Lakeway undertook the following five steps to gain Firewise Communities/USA recognition:
- Obtained a community-wide wildfire risk assessment and recommendations from the Texas A&M Forest Service and Lake Travis Fire Rescue.
- Formed a Firewise Committee and created an action plan based on the assessment.
- Conducted a Firewise Field Day in January 2013, clearing 100 cubic yards of dead and downed wood from Sailfish Park.
- Invested a minimum of $24,000 ($2 per capita) in local Firewise activities for the year, including volunteer hours. (Over $35,000 in budgeted funds and in-kind volunteer labor have been invested this year.)
- Submitted an application to the state Firewise Liaison documenting activities and expenditures.