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May 2, 2013 – LAGO VISTA, Texas – Texas A&M Forest Service representatives are pleased to join homeowners in a Travis County neighborhood this week to celebrate their Firewise Communities USA designation.

The Waterford community 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 893 sites in 40 states have received the Firewise designation, proving they are committed to taking proactive actions toward preventing wildfires in their area. Waterford is one of 58 sites in Texas to receive the honor.

A presentation is set for 5:30 p.m. Saturday, May 4, at the Waterford Property Owners’ Association meeting at Oak Park near Lohman Ford Road. A barbecue is planned, and new Firewise signs for the community will be unveiled. Texas A&M Forest Service Firewise Communities Liaison Patrick Allen and Wildland Urban Interface Coordinator Justice Jones will attend. 

“The Waterford community joins the ranks of those that have taken responsibility for protecting their residents from the devastation of wildfires,” Allen said.

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

Patrick Allen, Firewise Communities Liaison
(979) 204-9648,

Roger Conway
Waterford Fire and Safety Committee
(512) 917-7670, rconway@austin.rr.com