Wildfire Safety

Westminster Glen Estates is in a wildland urban interface zone, with natural areas within and surrounding our subdivision. To protect our homes and those of our neighbors, each homeowner should take steps to establish a defensible space around their homes. Travis County ESD #4 has some excellent material about this. 

In addition, each homeowner should ensure that their Right-of-Way are lots are properly maintained to reduce the risk of wildfires in our neighborhood:

Right-of-Way Maintenance

1. ROWs are owned by Travis County but their maintenance is the responsibility of the individual homeowners per CC&R § 4.03.

2. The right-of-way extends from the edge of the concrete about 15 feet to your property line.

3. In addition to the front, if you are on a corner lot you have ROW on the side of your property, and if there is a street behind your property there is ROW in the rear.

4. Un-maintained ROWs must be cleared of wildfire fuel: grass, weeds, salt cedars, etc. Grass and weeds can be mowed or “weed-whacked”; salt cedars and woody plants should be cut at the ground, or pulled.

5. Trees, if any, can remain in the ROW but must be trimmed up to a height of at least 6 feet from the ground.

6. ROWs must be kept mowed on a periodic basis to prevent re-growth of the fuel.

7. ROWs that are landscaped, trimmed and irrigated are not included, but they must be maintained.

8.This would be a great time to clean up other trash that has accumulated in the ROW.  

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ROW in need of maintenance

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Well-maintained ROW


Lot Maintenance

1. We encourage each homeowner to voluntarily establish a Defensible Space around their homes according to Landscaping guidelines at the Travis County ESD#4 website

2. In most of the “natural areas” on our lots, a 100-ft. Defensible Space can be achieved by

  • Removing all under-canopy brush, including short cedars, and
  • Trimming trees up to a height of at least 6 feet from the ground, removing the tree’s most combustible fuel from the reach of flames along the ground.

3. Note that large-scale tree removal is not necessary in most cases. See website above for guidelines.

4. Please work with your neighbors where you have adjoining natural areas and drainage easements (like Turkey Creek).

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