Wildfire and the Urban Environment
Fire is a natural ecosystem process that shaped the landscape around Austin. It was a frequent visitor to our area.
While fire is often viewed as destructive, it is also an important, historical part of the environment that affects the health of plant and animal communities. Today, land managers understand that the potential for a fire on wildlands exist. They work to manage the land so that the risk to urban areas that interface with wildlands is mitigated or minimized. This is done through coordination with local governments, fire departments and homeowners to help make Travis County a Fire Adapted Community.
Homeowners can take a proactive approach to protecting their home from wildfires. The goal within the Wildland Urban Interface is to stop the transition of fires from wildland vegetation to the urban environment and vice versa. If this transition is stopped, fires can be more safely and effectively managed by fire management agencies without negative effects to communities or natural resources. In most cases, reducing the risk to homes can be accomplished through simple and achievable steps.
Learn how you can take charge to protect your property, community and natural resources at: