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Austin fire group says city has fifth-highest vulnerability to wildfire

by Kevin Clark, KXAN-TV (Austin, Texas) |

AUSTIN, Texas — The Austin Fire Association is leading a two-day tour of some of the most wildfire-prone areas in Austin.

City Council members, neighborhood leaders and others are expected to be in attendance.

The Wednesday portion of the tour will include stops in several vulnerable neighborhoods in Austin, like River Place and Jester Estates.

CoreLogic recently released a wildfire risk report that ranks the Austin area as the fifth-highest risk in the nation for a major wildfire incident, with more than 53,000 residents at an extreme risk.

KXAN reported in September 2019 that the Austin Fire Department was in the process of adopting a Wildlife Interface Code, or “WUI.”

The code would implement new requirements for building materials on new construction, making them more fire-resistant. This would be near areas that have more fire-prone trees and brush.

The city had cleared just 11 percent of Austin’s 100 “treatable acres,” meaning high-risk areas that are within 150 feet of private properties.