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WILDFIRE PREPAREDNESS MEETING SCHEDULED IN MCMAHAN

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 January 27, 201 3 MCMAHAN, Texas – Caldwell County residents interested in learning how to protect themselves from wildfire are invited to a wildfire preparedness workshop this weekend. 

 

Representatives from the McMahan Volunteer Fire Department, Texas A&M Forest Service, and the Caldwell County Office of Emergency Management will talk about the upcoming 2014 fire season and what residents can do to protect their home, property, family and livestock from wildfire.

 

Residents will be introduced to the Ready, Set, Go! wildfire action plan. The plan provides families with checklists to prepare for when a fire breaks out.

 

Local officials will also talk about current wildfire mitigation efforts, such as the ongoing development of a countywide Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP) in a proactive effort to reduce wildfire risks.

 

“McMahan Fire Chief, Chuck Cutshall invited us to share recommendations on ways residents can protect their homes and communities from future wildfires,” said Lexi Maxwell, Texas A&M Forest Service Wildland Urban Interface Specialist. “After completing a countywide wildfire risk assessment with fire officials, we have new guidance to present during the meeting.”

 

The 2011 wildfire season in Texas brought wide spread damage across the state. This resulted in almost 4 million acres burned and 3,017 homes destroyed. While almost 40,000 homes directly threatened by wildfire were saved through the efforts of local, state and federal fire resources.

 

“Significant local fires left emergency resources spread extremely thin,” said Maxwell. “Our goal is to empower residents with the appropriate information and tools to take a proactive and preventative approach to upcoming wildfire seasons.”

 

The meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1 at the McMahan Fire Station, 6850 FM 3158, Dale, TX 78616.

 

For more information, visit www.texasfirestorm.org and www.texasfirewise.org.

 

Texas A&M Forest Service Contacts:
Lexi Maxwell, Wildland Urban Interface Specialist
979-220-1455,
lmaxwell@tfs.tamu.edu

 

Jessica Jackson, Communications Specialist
979-458-6619,
jjackson@tfs.tamu.edu