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.
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.
information, visit www.texasfirestorm.org and www.texasfirewise.org.
Texas A&M Forest Service Contacts:
Wildland Urban Interface Specialist