BASTROP, Texas -- Next month is the second anniversary of the Bastrop, Texas wildfires that killed two people and destroyed 17-hundred homes. Most of the houses that survived had some sort of fire prevention measures in place.
One of the first words of advice for wildfire prevention is to clean rain gutters and pine needles off your roof.
Norman Jones is Chairman of the Firewise committee for the Colony community in Bastrop. Monday morning at Bastrop Commissioners Court, his association was recognized for participation in a program offered for free by the Texas A&M Forest Service Program.
Will Boettner is a Wildland Urban Interface Specialist with the A&M Forest Service Program.
"We encourage them to thin out the woods, change the way that the vegetation on their property lies, and gives them an opportunity to create a buffer, or a space. We call it a defensible space from the intrusion of any wildfire that may be coming from the wild areas, " said Boettner.
He also says when looking at brush or plants near your home, whatever height they are now, they will be three times in a fire.
"We are no where near the catastrophic conditions we were in 2011 in September two years ago, so we kinda have a breather," Bastrop County Emergency Management Coordinator Mike Fisher said.
Fisher says firefighters need to reduce conditions that can fuel a fire, even in the areas that burned in Bastrop County.
"It's two years old now, and we are beginning now to see undesirable plant regrowth," Fisher says.
He says their case study shows the 12-hundred homes damaged, but not destroyed in the 2011 fires, had all taken precautionary measures.