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County: Electrical lines likely cause of Steiner Ranch fire

Friday, November 30, 2012 | Special to the View

The Travis County Fire Marshal’s Office investigation of the Steiner Ranch 2011 fire determined that the blaze was most likely started by electrical lines that came into contact with one another, arced and ignited grass.

Eyes in the sky: New tools bolster wildfire firefighting arsenal

Friday, October 26, 2012 | Special to the View

STAR Flight and Austin Fire Department updated the public on their latest tools, tactics and strategies in the ongoing war against wildfires at a joint training session Oct. 18.

Spicewood community earns Firewise distinction

Thursday, August 30, 2012 | Special to the View | 1

A golf course community that was spared during last year’s devastating wildfire in Spicewood is better prepared after completing a year-long nationally accredited fire mitigation program.

New LTFR wildland fuels crew to clear fire hazards

Friday, June 8, 2012 | Devin Monk | 1

Lake Travis Fire Rescue serves several communities where wildland vegetation and urban development butt heads with sometimes combustible results.

Spicewood fire survivors prepare to move into home

Friday, June 8, 2012 | Special to the View

Roofing crew volunteers, from left, Jerry Wright, Chris Fox and Elijah Chaney sweated in the sun to get a burned-out Spicewood couple back under a sound roof again, the first of the families aided by the Long-Term Recovery Committee there to move into permanent housing.

Lake Travis Fire Rescue battles blazes, budgets

Friday, May 18, 2012 | Devin Monk | 1

Extreme drought, record heat waves and high winds from a tropical depression that made landfall in Louisiana came together to create the perfect fire storm in Central Texas last summer.

Winds stir 20-acre wildland fire

Thursday, March 15, 2012 | Devin Monk

A controlled burn threatened a ranch structure as it grew into a wildland fire that consumed 20 acres March 8 in the 26800 block of Hamilton Pool Road.

Church group provides sheds for area fire victims

Wednesday, January 11, 2012 | Special to the View | 1

Months after wildfires burned some Spicewood homes to ashes, victims are receiving something in addition to a place to sleep, clothes and food. They are getting a secure place for their salvaged belongings.

Spicewood wildfire survivors in need

Sunday, November 20, 2011 | Special to the View | 1

The Spicewood area and its residents were hit hard during the September 2011 wildfires.

Lightning sparks Alamo fire

Thursday, October 6, 2011 | Devin Monk

The Travis County Fire Marshal’s Office has ruled lightning as the cause of a 150-acre brush fire Sept. 27 that laid waste to set buildings from “The Alamo” off Hamilton Pool Road.

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