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  • NEWSROOM: GRIMES COUNTY COMPLETES COMMUNITY WILDFIRE PROTECTION PLAN

    Sept. 11, 2017  ANDERSON, Texas — ­­­ Grimes County has developed a plan that will better prepare the community for wildfires.

    The Community Wildfire Protection Plan is the 19th countywide CWPP in Texas. The plan is intended to help improve the safety of residents and emergency personnel and minimize the number of homes destroyed by wildfires.

    Grimes County officials, local volunteer fire departments, emergency service districts personnel and representatives from Texas A&M Forest Service worked together to develop the CWPP.

    Grimes County’s completion of the CWPP outlines potential wildfire mitigation and prevention efforts, especially in the wildland urban interface.  The interface is the vicinity where developed areas intermingle with undeveloped areas. Often, the interface creates both a challenging environment for wildfire suppression and evacuations, as well as the most opportunity for actions to be taken to prevent damage or loss from wildfire.

    “Grimes County demonstrated initiative and leadership throughout the process,” said Texas A&M Forest Service Wildland Urban Interface Specialist Stuart Coombs. “We appreciate their proactive approach to complete the process and look forward to assisting with implementation.”

    A CWPP recognition ceremony will be held during a regularly scheduled Commissioner’s Court meeting at the Grimes County Courthouse Annex, 114 West Buffington Avenue Anderson Texas 77830, Tuesday, Sept. 12 at 9 a.m.  

    To learn about Community Wildfire Protection Plans, Firewise concepts and protecting your community visit http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/ProtectYourCommunity/.

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    Contacts

    Judge Ben Lehman, Grimes County Judge

    936-873-4476

     

    David Lilly, Grimes County Emergency Management Coordinator

    936-873-4404

     

    Melanie Karns

    WUI Specialist, Texas A&M Forest Service

    979-639-8105,

    mkarns@tfs.tamu.edu  

     

    Texas A&M Forest Service Communications
    979-458-6606, newsmedia@tfs.tamu.edu


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