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Lost Creek Wildfire Simulation

Meeting Announcement

Date: October 5, 2017

Time: 7 pm 

Where: Lost Creek Limited District Building, 1305 Quaker Ridge, Austin, TX 78746

Topic:  Wildfire Simulation with a Simtable,  Logan Scherschel, WUI Specialist, Texas A&M Forest Service

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New Tech to Help AFD Prepare for Future Wildfires
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by Jorge Rodas

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Despite the recent rain, most of west Austin is just a notch below being listed as a very high risk of wildfires.

“In a summer like this summer, the wildfire risk is still high,” said Keri Hines of Texas A&M Forest Service.

Hines’ agency has several Simtables, a high tech tool that allows them to map out wildfire simulations and develop strategies to fight them. With a large sand box and interactive projector overhead, the table simulates the area’s landscape using real-world data.

“The Simtable has really changed the game for training and for mitigation,” she said.

You can adjust wind direction and speed, then ignite a simulated fire. Simtable then projects an image of the fire spreading. Fire agencies use that simulation to create strategies for battling wildfires or look at previous wildfires to review how departments attacked the flames.
“The way that it can project wildfires and their progression just really drives home why we should be prepared,” said Hines.

The Austin City Council recently approved using grant money to purchase Simtable for the Austin Fire Department, but there is no clear timeline for exactly when the department will get it.

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Simtable Wildfire Simulation Video from Texas A&M Forest Service
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Simtable’s unique training uses interactive agent-based fire modeling, bringing sand table exercises to life in your own high risk areas allowing mitigation and fuels planning in a truly interactive experience.

Texas A&M Video

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Meeting Announcement September 7, 2017

Meeting Announcement

Date: September 7, 2017

Time: 7 pm 

Where: Lost Creek Limited District Building, 1305 Quaker Ridge, Austin, TX 78746

Topics:  Wildfire Mitigation and Suppression,  Bob Nicks, President, Austin Fire Fighters Association

Other topics to be discussed are: TxDOT Billboards, Dark Skies & Apple Lone Star Design Center, CodeNEXT, Lost Creek Blvd. and upcoming programs.

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Austin Fire: Map of at-risk wildfire areas still not ready
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by Claire Ricke

AUSTIN (KXAN) — "The sight of rain is good news for firefighters who say the rain will help prevent grass and brush fires.

The Austin Fire Department has been busy trying to get ahead of the threat by clearing out heavy brush. However, there’s one tool in their toolbox that isn’t ready yet. The department was tasked with making a fire map that tells you which parts of Austin are considered to have the highest risk of fire danger. The map was supposed to be finished in October, but it has yet to even be created.



AFD Stations

Austin Firefighters Association President Bob Nicks says AFD had a temporary worker dedicated to helping create this map, but that person left for a permanent job elsewhere. Nicks says as long as that position remains vacant, we won’t see a fire map.

“It’s great that the rain is coming today, but we are talking about a 10-year plan to mitigate risk and does anybody listening to this really think that sometime in Austin’s history we’re not going to have dry weather conditions ripe for wild land fires? Of course we will, that’s undisputed. We’ve gotta have a plan, we’ve got to have it staffed correctly to get that plan, we need to make sure that timeline is satisfied,” says Nicks.

Nicks says he spoke at the Public Safety Commission last week urging the department to make room in the budget for a person to create the map. The fire department says they are working on it themselves, but it’s not ready to share until they brief the city council on it.

CodeNEXT, the city’s Land Development Code, depends on this map. It determines how land can be used throughout the city, including what can be built, where it can be built, and how much can be built. The map will specifically look at the topography of the area, the fuels like grass and brush, flame heights, density, and where development could occur."

KXAN Article and Video

 Austin Wildfire Division
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The Wildfire division addresses the potential threat of wildfires through public education, fuel (vegetation) management and effective firefighting response.

The Wildfire division assists neighborhoods in becoming Fire Adapted Communities through public education by incorporating Firewise principles during community assessments and presentations conducted by our Firewise Program Coordinators.  

The Wildfire division mitigates risk through fuel (vegetation) management by following the National Cohesive Strategy in restoring and maintaining resilient landscapes. This is accomplished through reducing invasive plant species in a variety of methods including mechanical treatments and prescribed fire while preserving our delicate ecosystems.

All uniformed Firefighters for the Austin Fire Department receive S-130/190 Wildland Firefighter Training in accordance with National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) standards.

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Lost Creek: Wildfire Adapted Community
Develop a knowledgeable and engaged community in which the awareness and actions of residents regarding infrastructure, buildings, landscaping, and the surrounding ecosystem lessens the need for extensive protection actions and enables the community to safely accept wildfire as a part of the surrounding landscape.
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New Smart Phone App for LCCO
The Lost Creek Civic Organization (LCCO) has an app for smart phones. This app makes it easy for you to stay aware of the external issues affecting Lost Creek. The app provides listings of new entries in the LCCO web site (www.lostcreekcivicorganization.org) in six categories - News (blog), CodeNEXT, Marshall Tract, Education, Loop 360, Wildfire and Imagine Austin. It also provides news from the Austin Police and Fire Departments, as well as a calendar of events in Lost Creek. I ask that all Lost Creek non-profit, non-political organizations provide me with their meeting schedules for placement on the calendar. You can access this app on your smart phone through this web address or use of the QR Code shown below:  http://theapp.mobi/lcco9 I'm also trying a Chat feature that allows users online to chat with one another. Let me know if this is useful to you.
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