The Firewise Communities program recently reached a milestone and announced the 900th community to earn recognition as a Firewise Communities/USA® site! The city of Lakeway in Travis County, Texas is the latest neighborhood to take action to improve residents’ safety from threats posed by brush, grass and forest fires.
According to Lakeway Firewise Committee President, Bob Kirmse, the Bastrop, Spicewood and Steiner Ranch fires spurred their decision to begin working on mitigation activities. Carrie Burns, a local forester and “Firewise sparkplug” for the community developed an action plan that included conducting a Firewise Day event where residents cleared brush and dead plant debris in Sailfish Park.
In addition to Lakeway, more than 160 new Firewise communities have been added in the past year nationwide. Find a complete list of Firewise recognized communities and their success stories on our website.