U.S. Forest Service fire professionals in the Sam Houston National Forest will soon begin a project designed to reduce the possibility of catastrophic wildfire in Elkins Lake subdivision in Walker County.
As part of the Walker County Community Wildfire Protection Plan, the $105,000 project will restore and maintain 45 acres of overgrown underbrush around the subdivision and begin to eliminate non-native invasive golden bamboo. Partners in the project are the Huntsville Fire Department and Texas A&M Forest Service.
“Reducing the hazardous fuel loading around Elkins Lake subdivision is part of our plan to establish a fire-adapted community,” said Jason Klawinsky, fire management officer for the Sam Houston National Forest. “As a Firewise recognized community, homeowners know the importance of fuels reduction surrounding their community, and they learn about wildfire risks and the simple things they can do to reduce them.”
The project is expected to take 21 days to complete and Klawinsky says the Forest Service will do maintenance mowing on the treated area to maintain the fuel break.