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Learn to protect your home from wildfire

Saturday, February 16, 2013 - 1:00am

Fire personnel, community planners and residents who want to protect their homes from wildfire are invited to a Texas Firewise workshop later this month.

"Firewise" is a national concept that empowers communities to do simple things like clear overgrown vegetation from around their homes to protect against wildfire threats.

To become Firewise, communities must obtain a wildfire risk assessment, create an action plan for how they will reduce their risks, conduct a community education event and complete a community project that decreases the threat of wildfire. Fifty-seven communities across the state have received the Firewise designation, proving they are committed to taking proactive actions toward preventing wildfires in their area.

The workshop is set for Feb. 26-27 at the Sun City Worship Place Conference Hall, 811 Sun City Blvd., Georgetown, with registration starting at 7:45 a.m. on the first day. The second day is an opportunity for participants to tour Firewise communities from 9 a.m. to noon. It costs $40 to attend and lunch is included on Feb. 26.

Two educational tracks are planned: One for current and prospective Firewise Community representatives and community planners; another for fire departments, emergency management coordinators and Community Emergency Response Teams.

"This workshop offers a great lineup of speakers from local fire chiefs to leaders in established Firewise communities," said Patrick Allen, Firewise liaison with Texas A&M Forest Service. "If you have any questions about Firewise and how it can work in your community, district, region or business, we encourage you to join us for this exciting opportunity."

Register online or contact Patrick Allen for more information. To learn more about becoming Firewise, visit texasfirewise.org .

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