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Wildfires are a threat to Marble Falls and all of Burnet County. As seen in the 2011 Bastrop Complex Fire, wildfire can move quickly and destroy homes and other buildings. There are steps homeowners can do now to protect their homes. “One of the most important things a resident can do to minimize the threat of a wildfire to their home is to create a defensible space around it,” said Fire Marshal Tommy Crane. Residents should clean up around their homes to create a 30-foot defensible space that is free from heavy vegetation.
Through a cooperative effort between Marble Falls Fire Rescue, Marble Falls ISD, and the Texas A&M Forest Service, an area Marble Falls High School will be used to create a defensible space from wildfires. Crews from the Forest Service, along with firefighters and city crews, will clean up the area behind the auditorium to provide protection from wildfires. “We are thankful to Marble Falls ISD for helping us with the project. It provides the community an actual example of what a defensible space around a building looks like,” stated Fire Chief Russell Sander. Residents will be able to see the defensible space as they enter the high school property. Firefighters from Marble Falls Fire Rescue and Marble Falls Area VFD will assist the Forest Service with the project on March 14. Marble Falls Public Works and school district personnel will also help.
“The Wildfire defensible space project at Marble Falls High School will offer our Horticulture students an opportunity to learn how to minimize wildfire threats around living spaces from Marble Falls Fire Rescue and the Texas A&M Forest Service experts,” said MFISD Director of CTE and Communications, Bruce Peckover. “We are pleased, that in addition to our students, area residents, and nearby communities can view the results of the project at the High School to use as a model in their own living environments.”
Marble Falls Fire Rescue, with the assistance of the Texas A&M Forest Service, is developing a Community Wildfire Protection Plan for the City. This plan provides a roadmap and steps a community can take to prepare for a wildfire event and to protect homes and buildings. As part of this process, the fire department will be reaching out to neighborhoods to educate them on ways to prepare for a wildfire. If you would like to learn more about how to protect your home from wildfires or to set up a presentation for your neighborhood, please contact Marble Falls Fire Rescue at 830-693-4060.