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The Smith West Fire in northern Blanco County and southern Llano County has had a devastating effect on vegetation. Firefighters and emergency workers worked around the clock to get the fire under control. Courtesy photo

Event chance for residents to thank Llano County crews that battled back-to-back blazes

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON LLANO — After spending hours fighting and supporting efforts to battle two large wildfires, Llano County fire departments aren’t exactly resting as they continue to respond to daily calls. (more…)

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A wildfire forced the evacuation of Inks Lake State Park and nearby homes on CR 114 to Park Road 4 in Burnet County. Courtesy photo

Burnet County disaster declaration, burn ban remain due to wildfires, dry conditions

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS BURNET — Burnet County remains under a Declaration of Disaster and outdoor burn ban as hot, dry conditions continue after two major wildfires. (more…)

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A wildfire that began in the late afternoon on Sunday, June 29, on private property near Inks Lake State Park forced the evacuation of about 250 park visitors. This photo was taken at 5:22 p.m. from the Inks Lake walking bridge looking southeast toward the fire. Staff photo by Jared Fields

UPDATE: Park Road 4 fire 90 percent contained; another blaze at CR 228-US 183

FROM STAFF REPORTS HOOVER’S VALLEY — Fire officials reported that the Park Road 4 wildfire was 90 percent contained as of approximately 11:35 a.m. Friday, Aug. 3, though people might see smoke emanating from the burned area. (more…)

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Crews battle two wildfires as combined scorched-earth tally surpasses 2,500 acres

Crews battle two wildfires as combined scorched-earth tally surpasses 2,500 acres

FROM STAFF REPORTS LLANO COUNTY — Llano County emergency officials launched into action July 18 as the second of two large wildfires continued to rage through an undeveloped area northwest of a Blanco County blaze. (more…)

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On April 13, Gov. Greg Abbott issued a disaster declaration for Burnet, Travis, and Williamson counties due to drought conditions. Before a brush or wildfire strikes, fire officials urge people to take an assessment of their property and create a ‘defensible space’ around their home and buildings. In March, the Texas A&M Forest Service, Marble Falls Fire Rescue, and Marble Falls Area Volunteer Fire Department created a ‘model’ defensible space at the Marble Falls High School, 2101 Mustang Drive. Go to texasforestservice.tamu.edu or firewise.org for more information on how to protect homes and structures. Staff photo by Daniel Clifton

Texas governor issues disaster declaration in Burnet County due to drought

FROM STAFF REPORTS AUSTIN — A combination of high winds and lack of rain prompted Gov. Greg Abbott to issue a disaster declaration for Burnet, Travis, and Williamson counties. “These drought conditions pose an imminent threat to public health, property, and the economy,” stated a media release from the governor’s office. He issued the declaration […]

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Texas A&M Forest Service Wildland Urband Interface specialist Jake Gosschalk clears some underbrush March 14 adjacent to the Marble Falls High School auditorium. The forest service crew, along with Marble Falls Fire Rescue and Marble Falls Area Volunteer Fire Department members, created a 30-foot ‘defensible space’ to limit the fuel available for a wildfire. Staff photo by Daniel Clifton

‘Defensible spaces’ can protect homes and businesses from wildfires

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON MARBLE FALLS — The chain saws ripped through underbrush and cedars as Marble Falls firefighters and Texas A&M Forest Service crews cleared away a swath of overgrown brush, cedar, and vegetation alongside the Marble Falls High School auditorium. (more…)

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Firewise presentation to offer tips on how to lessen wildfire risk

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO MARBLE FALLS — Wildfires are a constant concern for Texans, and the danger rises along with the Texas heat. To educate residents about how to decrease wildfire risk, the Texas A&M Forest Service is hosting a Firewise presentation from 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, July 15, at the fellowship hall of First United […]

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Hot and dry conditions heighten fire danger this July 4 holiday

Hot and dry conditions heighten fire danger this July 4 holiday

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY BURNET —As Highland Lakes residents experience more days with triple-digit temperatures, fire officials have sent out a warning to Independence Day revelers about the potential fire danger. (more…)

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