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City, Lake Travis Fire Rescue hire new wildfire mitigation specialist

Chris Rea

The City of Lakeway and Lake Travis Fire Rescue welcome Chris Rea as our new wildfire mitigation specialist.

Rea will educate the public about wildfire risk, conduct free home ignition zone assessments for Lakeway residents, and manage Wildfire Ready brush clearing workdays.

He previously served as a wildfire mitigation specialist for the Boulder County Land Use Department in Colorado. There, his role was to assure that new homes, home additions, and decks all being built in the foothills and mountains of the unincorporated county established defensible space around these structures and that ignition resistant or non-combustible materials were utilized during construction.

He enjoys working with homeowners to identify wildfire-related vulnerabilities to homes, to find cost-effective retrofit solutions to prevent home ignition, and to help create defensible space zones around homes.

Rea also has worked as a forest technician for the U.S. Forest Service in southern Arkansas, as a service forester for the North Carolina Forest Service, and as an assistant district forester for the Wyoming State Forestry Division.

In most of these previous positions, he worked as a wildland firefighter as well.

May 16, 2018

Residents addressing wildfire risk in Lake Travis, Westlake

By Rob Maxwell

Community Impact editor

While ongoing efforts to reduce the threat of wildfire  have been successful in reducing the wildland fire threat, there is still an abundant amount of natural fuels available to burn in the Lake Tavis-Westlake area, according to Chief Robert Abbott, Lake Travis Fire Rescue, also known as Travis County Emergency Services District No. 6.

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Feb. 27, 2016
No fuel for the fire

The Lakeway Firewise Committee, Lake Travis Fire Rescue, and community volunteers teamed up for a brush cleanup on Feb. 27 in Rebel Park to reduce the threat of wildfire in Lakeway.

Photos by Lake Travis View freelance photographer Sue Ellen Knolle

May 14, 2014

Volunteers get real during brush cleanup

KW Red Day

By Rachel Rice
Austin Community Newspapers Staff
Local Keller Williams real estate agents teamed up with the city of Lakeway and Lake Travis Fire Rescue to clear brush within the city limits on May 8.

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March 12, 2014
Kaden Way grass fire news coverage 

A grass fire threatened several structures on Kaden Way in Lakeway near Serene Hills Drive and Flint Rock Road on the afternoon of March 12, 2014. This news story highlights the importance of creating a defensible space around your home using landscape as a deterrent to the spread of wildfire.


Feb. 13, 2014
Lakeway residents get wise to wildfires 

By Rachel Rice
Austin Community Newspapers Staff
The Lakeway Firewise Committee wants residents to get smart about wildfires.

At the Feb. 8 Wildfire Ranger Training, Lakeway City Forester Carrie Burns walked around the Lakeway Heritage Center with a group of residents and committee members, pointing out potential fire risks and quizzing her entourage. For the full story, click here.