This past week, crews began work to reduce the impact of a wildfire on homes and lives in the Hamilton Greenbelt. The project includes cleaning up dead, downed and cut material throughout the entire greenbelt, along with installing what is called ‘shaded fuel breaks’ or fire breaks in strategic areas behind homes along the greenbelt perimeter. Volunteers with the Young Men’s Service League (YMSL) -Cavaliers Chapter at Lake Travis High School will also participate in the project. Nearly 100 boys ages 14 to 18 along with their mothers will assist crews with the cleanup project in November and December. Members with YMSL perform 20 hours each of volunteer service and each year they perform one big project together as a mother-son team called “The Ultimate Gift.” This year’s project is assisting with the wildfire mitigation project in the Hamilton Greenbelt.
Crews and volunteers are expected to continue work on the project through the end of the year. Residents along the greenbelt can expect additional vehicles in neighborhoods while crews continue their work in the area. Residents may also see and hear chainsaw and chipping equipment through the remainder of the year.
The work residents can do to prepare your home and family for a wildfire is just as important. According to the City Forester, winter is a great time to prepare well in advance for wildfire. Some advice includes pruning trees 10 feet up from the base of the trunk, raking leaves around the property and making sure firewood and other burnable items are stored at least 30 feet from your home. There is other valuable information and tips available at www.traviscountytx.gov/fire-marshal/prevention/wildfire-preparedness. Lake Travis Fire Rescue also offers free home risk assessments. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.