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Feb. 18, 2013 – LUCAS, Texas – Texas A&M Forest Service representatives are pleased to join homeowners in a Collin County community this week to celebrate their Firewise Communities USA designation.

The city of Lucas earned the National Fire Protection Association’s “Firewise” status by obtaining a wildfire risk assessment and using it to create an action plan, conducting a community cleanup event, investing a minimum of  $2 per capita in local Firewise actions and submitting an application to their state Firewise liaison.

More than 870 sites in 40 states have received the Firewise designation, proving they are committed to taking proactive actions toward preventing wildfires in their area. Lucas is one of 57 sites in Texas to receive the honor.

A presentation is set for 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21, at Lucas City Hall, 665 Country Club Road, Lucas. Representatives from Texas A&M Forest Service, Lucas Volunteer Fire Department and the Lucas Firewise Committee will attend.

“The City of Lucas joins the ranks of Texas communities that have taken responsibility for protecting their residents from the devastation of wildfires,” said Nick Harrison, a wildland urban interface forester with Texas A&M Forest Service. “As the first recognized Firewise community in Collin County, they’re setting the bar for other cities wanting to take proactive action.”

For more information about Firewise Communities, visit the Firewise website or contact your local wildland urban interface specialist.

Nick Harrison, Texas A&M Forest Service WUI Forester
(817) 894-4761,

Bobette Mauck, Lucas Firewise Coordinator
(972) 727-1242,