The Wildfire Division addresses the potential threat of wildfires through public education, fuel (vegetation) management and effective firefighting response.
The Wildfire Division assists neighborhoods in becoming Fire Adapted Communities through public education by incorporating Firewise principles during community assessments and presentations conducted by our Firewise Program Coordinators.
The Wildfire Division mitigates risk through fuel (vegetation) management by following the National Cohesive Strategy in restoring and maintaining resilient landscapes. This is accomplished through reducing invasive plant species in a variety of methods including mechanical treatments and prescribed fire while preserving our delicate ecosystems.
All uniformed Firefighters for the Austin Fire Department receive S-130/190 Wildland Firefighter Training in accordance with National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) standards.
Community Wildfire Protection Plan
Travis County and the City of Austin are partnering to produce a county-wide Community Wildfire Protection Plan. This Plan will provide the framework for the County and City’s efforts to become a Fire-Adapted Community. The Plan will aid all area cities and communities to understand their wildfire risk situation, and will provide guidance for reducing that wildfire threat to avert potential catastrophic fires.
This City-County effort is being led by the Austin/Travis County Joint Wildfire Task Force, and includes scheduled opportunities for community leaders, neighborhood groups, natural resource organizations and other interested persons to participate in the plan development activities.
The recommendations provided will be considered in crafting the final Community Wildfire Protection Plan.