The Texas governor’s office awarded Bastrop County a $1.6 million short-term grant, money that officials will use to secure additional funds from the Federal Emergency Management Agency for wildfire recovery projects.
“This money gives us the the green light to continue with FEMA-related projects such as getting rid of a lot of the growth under pines and oaks that helped fuel the 2011 wildfires,” said Mike Fisher, the county’s emergency management coordinator. “That project to mitigate about 4,000 acres will cost $4 million. FEMA’s share is $3 million, and our $1 million match will come from this new grant.”
The story you’re reading is premium content from the Austin American-Statesman. Subscribers get total access to all our in-depth news, digital editions and exclusive premium content. You can also buy a 24-hour digital pass or 7-day digital pass.
Read MyStatesman.com now — 24-hour digital pass99¢ for 24-hours
Read MyStatesman.com all week — 7-day digital pass$3.99 for 7-days
Subscribe to the Statesman for as little as 33¢ per dayView Offers
For Subscribers: Register your account for digital access.Access Digital
For Subscribers: Sign in here if you have already registered your account.Sign In