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March 12, 2013 – LAKE KIOWA, Texas – Texas A&M Forest Service representatives proudly joined homeowners in a Cooke County community this week to celebrate their FirewiLake Kiowase Communities USA designation.

The city of Lake Kiowa 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. Lake Kiowa is one of 58 sites in Texas to receive the honor.

A presentation was held Saturday, March 10, during the community’s annual property owners’ association meeting. State Rep. Drew Springer, Cooke County Emergency Management Coordinator Ray Fletcher and other dignitaries attended the event, at which Nick Harrison, a wildland urban interface forester with Texas A&M Forest Service, presented the city’s Firewise plaque.

“Lake Kiowa joins the ranks of Texas communities that have taken responsibility for protecting their residents from the devastation of wildfires,” Harrison said.

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,

April Saginor, Texas A&M Forest Service Communications Specialist
(979) 458-6619,