Mike Fisher, leader in devastating 2011 Bastrop wildfire, dies

BASTROP, TEXAS - Mike Fisher, one of the first responders who led a team through the tragic Bastrop wildfire of 2011, has died, the Bastrop County Office of Emergency Management announced on Tuesday.

Fisher, who served as Office of Emergency Management director for 12 years, died at about 12:45 p.m. Tuesday in his home following a long battle with cancer, the organization said.

“Our sincere condolences to his wife, Bonnie, and to all of his family,” wrote Bastrop County Judge Paul Pape on the BCOEM Facebook page. “Mike was a strong leader of the Bastrop County Office of Emergency Management for over 10 years, guiding the County and its citizens through a plethora of disasters.”

One of the most noteworthy disasters Fisher helped with was the 2011 fire, in which 34,000 acres burned, 1,700 structures were destroyed and two people died.

“His fearless response and quick action saved the lives of evacuating citizens as well as first responders and firefighters,” Pape wrote. “Led by Mike's indomitable spirit and quite confidence, Bastrop County is well on its way to recovery and greater resiliency.”

Visitation will be at Marrs-Jones-Newby Funeral Home, 505 Old Austin Hwy. in Batrop from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday.

There will be a public celebration of Fisher's life and legacy on Friday at the Bastrop Christian Outreach Center at 1096 SH 71 West in Bastrop at 2 p.m.

Fisher's family requests that donations in Mike's honor be directed to the Bastrop County Long Term Recovery Team, P.O. Box 1975, Bastrop, TX 78602, or the Bastrop County Emergency Food Pantry, P.O. Box 953, Bastrop, TX 78602. Flowers can be delivered to the funeral home.

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