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October 22, 2019

City of Lakeway partners with Young Men's Service League to boost wildfire mitigation effort

By Brian Rash, Community Impact Editor

Thanks to a major volunteer deal brokered between the city and a student group from the Lake Travis area, Lakeway's Hamilton Greenbelt will soon have much more help in the effort to reduce wildfire risk.

During the Oct. 21 City Council meeting, Council Member Laurie Higginbotham announced that the city of Lakeway has partnered with the Cavaliers chapter of the Young Men's Service League.

Higginbotham said the group, which was formed in 2015 and draws the majority of its members from Lake Travis High School students and their mothers, has made helping with the wildfire prevention effort in Lakeway's Hamilton Greenbelt its main project for this school year.

"They've committed 200 volunteers to do a minimum of two hours each, and they're going to be putting in 400 hours of volunteer work," Higginbotham said. "That's going to be worth tens of thousands of dollars to the city. So we are very appreciative of that."

Higginbotham said the service league will start with four service days in November and then add to that as needed.

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August 28, 2018

Free wildfire assessments for Lakeway homeowners

By Sally Grace Holtgrieve, Community Impact 

Lakeway residents can sign up for free home ignition zone assessments as part of an initiative started by Chris Rea, a wildfire mitigation specialist with Lake Travis Fire Rescue.

One of Rea's primary roles is to make the community more resilient to wildfire, and he encourages every homeowner to participate in an assessment, a press release said.

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July 5, 2018

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

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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.