Category Archives: Fire Safety

Travis County Issues First Burn Ban of 2015

The Travis County Fire Marshal’s office has issued its first BURN BAN of 2015. This ban applies to all areas within Leander that fall within Travis County, including most of Grand Mesa. The burn ban is scheduled to expire on August 26. Additionally, everyone is reminded to not throw cigarettes...
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Online Homeowners Firewise Course

Firewise.org by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) offers homeowners additional Firewise information, resources and online learning tools, including a free online homeowners Firewise Landscaping Course. The goals of the course are to: increase awareness of fuels around the home structure and processes to remove those fuels, integrate FIREWISE concepts...
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8 Firewise Principles

The Leander Fire Department encourages homeowners to follow these eight Firewise principles: Keep gutters and roof clear of leaves and other debris. Clear dead wood from your property. Prune trees to at least 6′ above the ground, and away from your roof. Use fire resistant native plants that are low...
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Firewise Landscaping in Texas

Fire-Resistent Plant Characteristics While there is no “fire-proof” plant, according to the Texas Forest Service, homeowners can create and maintain a “defensible” space around the home to improve your home’s chance of surviving a wildfire. In their guide “Firewise Landscaing in Texas,” (available from texasfirewise.org) the Forest Service explains fire...
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