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Wildfire Preparedness for Natural (and conventional) Buildings

Wednesday, September 19, 2012, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

House + Earth, 1214 West 6th Street, Austin, Texas, 78703 (map)

Guest presenter: Kay Mayfield, Texas Forest Service Employee and Straw Bale Home Owner

The Bastrop County wildfires ravaged the countryside one year ago this month. Hundreds of acres of beautiful pines and nearly 2000 homes were destroyed. At the same time, wildfires were also ravaging areas surrounding Austin and throughout Texas. More of these fires are expected to accompany the projected heat and drought conditions of the future.

Post-fire analysis appears to indicate that homesteads where fire-prevention methods were employed fared much better than more conventional homesteads. During this month’s presentation you will learn about practices you can implement to help protect your home from wildfires. Guest presenter Kay Mayfield is not only a Texas Forest Service employee and seasoned volunteer fire fighter, but she built and lives in a straw bale home. She was trained by wildland-urban interface specialists in wildfire preparedness. Kay will address general fire preparedness as well as the unique aspects of natural building.

This presentation is free an open to the public. (DBL is a volunteer-run organization, and optional donations at the door are always appreciated.) No RSVP required. For more details, email us via “Contact Us” or call Scott Clay at 512-689-1149.