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2011 Bastrop County Complex Wildfire
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Important Debris Removal Information

The cleanup of fire damaged debris along Bastrop County roads is quickly nearing completion. Since the deadline for property owners to move debris onto county roads has passed, county workers and contractors are completing a "final pass" to remove all debris currently located in the right of way adjacent to County roads.. Any property owner that may still have dead trees or other vegetative debris on their property must find other locations for disposal of their debris.  It can no longer be placed in the right of way adjacent to County roads.  A recycling facility known as Go Green International is in the process of preparing a recycling facility, in Paige, that should be available to the general public soon. We will post additional information on the availability of that site for public use, as it becomes available. Demolition debris such as broken-up concrete slabs, masonry, etc., is not to be placed in the County right of way.  Property owners, builders and demolition contractors should dispose of all types of debris by hauling to permitted recycling facilities, landfills or other legal disposal/recycling facilities.

Dangerous Tree Removal
Bastrop County in concert with FEMA, Go Green and several sub-contractors are in the final stages of the tree removal program. There are approximately 17,000 trees that remain a threat to the public and may fall into the County Roads.  We are systematically cutting and removing trees by zones in a north to south fashion.  Bluebonnet is also in the process of removing the remaining burnt trees that may fall into a power line.  We are coordinating our efforts.  Trees that are numbered are the trees that the county has identified and trees that are tagged with a round circle have been marked by bluebonnet electric. The county estimates the operation will be completed within 90 working days which will take 15-18 weeks, subject to a variety of factors, including weather.  If residents notice a tree that appears to be an imminent threat of falling into a County road, please call the assistant to the Commissioners during regular business hours at 581-4000.  If a tree has fallen across a county road please call the Bastrop County Sherriff dispatch 911.
Recovery Efforts
Federal HUD/Texas General Land Office/Bastrop County

Bastrop County was awarded a $25 million HUD grant designed to assist people with housing as well as assisting Bastrop County with infrastructure protection and repair. This Federal Grant requires zero State or Local matching funds.  The General Land Office is administering the Housing component of this grant.  Currently this project is in the environmental review process.  The non-housing element of the grant is targeting a variety of erosion control measures along the 94 miles of roads within the burn area, the State Park as well as some private lands.  Easements are required by HUD on private lands.  Bastrop County is working daily with the GLO and environmental consultants to move this project through the environmental process required by the National Environmental Policy Act as well as the Endangered Species Act.  We are expecting to proceed with the erosion control projects this winter and spring.

Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (CAMPO)/Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA)/Bastrop County

Bastrop was allocated transportation funds by CAMPO to address safety concerns along County roads.  This allocation of Federal transportation dollars requires a 20% match.  Bastrop County was awarded these matching dollars through the TDA.  There are approximately 30,000 stumps that remain in the County Rights-of-Way that need to be ground.  We are expecting to proceed with this project in January of 2013.

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