Watch the Wildfire Simulation

Click here to see a video of the simulation of a fire heading toward our neighborhood conducted in February, 2018, by Austin Fire Department.

House Assessments

If you would like to have your house assessed, please send your name to firewise@wmghoa.org. The evaluations will be performed strictly outside, but the homeowner needs to attend. They take about an hour and we hope to do 1-2 per week. 

Also, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and State Farm Insurance are sponsoring Wildfire Community Preparedness day on May 5th. https://www.nfpa.org/public-education/campaigns/national-wildfire-community-preparedness-day. Click the link or paste it into your browser to access your chance to win a $500 grant to kick start community work.

Important Message For Our Neighbors:

Dear Westminster Glen Neighbors,

We are announcing that Westminster Glen and Glenlake will be collaborating with the Austin Fire Department to implement the Firewise® Initiative.

Firewise is a program of the National Fire Protection Association that enables residents to learn about wildfires. Using this knowledge, they can put practices into play around their homes to reduce their risk of home destruction and loss of life. Both Westminster Glen and Glenlake are HIGH RISK fire areas as defined by the Austin Fire Department Wildfire division. This division addresses the potential threat of wildfires through public education, fuel (vegetation) management and effective firefighting response. See the links below to learn about it.

Through the month of January, we will be posting weekly Firewise Initiative topics. These posts will be on Westminster Glen Next Door and here on our website. This part of the Initiative will culminate in late January when Austin Fire Department will use their new 3-D simulation table to “burn down" Westminster Glen and Glenlake. Join your neighbors at the River Place Country Club on January 25th at 6:30 pm for this important demonstration.

Sincerely,

Westminster Glen HOA and the Firewise Initiative Team

PS: We need volunteers to serve on the Firewise Initiate Team. Please contact Jim Rumbo or Jody Branson at firewise@wmghoa.org if you want to be part of the effort.


Our Wildfire Risk


Westminster Glen Estates is in a wildland urban interface zone, with natural areas within and surrounding our subdivision. Wildfires are a common occurrence and made worse by alternating years of plentiful rainfall followed by drought. 

Westminster Glen and Glen Lakes are surrounded bythe huge wildland area of  the Balcones Preserve. Plus, many of the lots in both neighborhoods have the characteristics of wildlands: relatively undisturbed topography with large amounts of natural vegetation.  

Roads internal to our subdivision are critical for evacuation but may also be threatened by the fire on the adjacent Right-of-Ways and wildland lots.  

In addition, evacuation from both neighborhoods is limited to two roads: City Park Road to FM2222 and Big View through River Place to FM2222. In the event of a wildfire emergency, both of these roads could be jammed.



What Can We Do to Minimize Our Risk?


Defensible Space

Creating defensible space is essential to improve your home’s chance of surviving a wildfire. It’s the buffer you create between a building on your property and the grass, trees, shrubs, or any wildland area that surround it. This space is needed to slow or stop the spread of wildfire and it protects your home from catching fire—either from direct flame contact or radiant heat. Defensible space is also important for the protection of the firefighters defending your home. Click here for more...

 

Right-of-Way Fire Hazards

In the event of wildfire, our Right-of-Ways (ROWs) are critical: they can contibute to the spread of fire and they might prevent safe evacuation from the area. Click here for more




Firewise® Program

Firewise is a certification program sponsored by the National Fire Protection Association. It recognizes and supports community efforts to reduce the risk of wildfires. Basic elements include:

1.    Preparing your property so that you minimize the spread of fire to your house and neighbors;

2.    Learning what to do in the event of encroaching wildfire; and

3.     Learning  where to go and how to leave quickly in the event of imminent fire.

The essential steps in the Firewise program are:

·      Education

·      Property Assessment by trained advisors

·      Preparedness planning for both individual homes and the neighborhood. 

·      Execution of plans to remove fire-available fuels.

·      Continuous improvement in education and preparedness.

Click Here for more information from the Firewise website.



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