New web app to determine area wildfire risk released
UPDATED: Wednesday, May 2, 2012 - 9:32am
WACO -- Say you want to camp out this weekend but the ground is dry because it hasn't rained in a while.
How would you know the best place to light a fire without the risk of it spreading?
Well now there's an app for that.
Eight years in the making the Texas Forest Service has unveiled the Texas Wildfire Risk Assessment Portal, providing specific geographic information to show you the fire risk of any area in the state.
"They'll find tools such as landscape features, fire potential. They can even identify where they live in the wild land as it relates to their wildfire threat," said Patrick Allen, with the Texas Forest Service.
Homeowners can benefit from the site to see if your house falls into a high risk zone.
Wildfires scorched almost 4 million acres across the state last year, destroying nearly 3,000 homes.
Officials say the new web application released this year will arm Texans with the tools they need to reduce threats from future blazes.
"Considering last year the drought we've been experiencing and then the fuels conditions out there, it just creates that level of awareness for the everyday common public person to determine their wildfire risk," said Allen.
This is the first app of its kind in the nation and is free to use.
To find out more go to www.texaswildfirerisk.com