Of the four commissioner precincts in Travis County, Precinct 3 has that largest amount of “open space” consisting of parks and wildlands. In 2019, the Greater Austin area ranked 5th amongst all metro areas in the nation for wildfire risk. This ranking compared the number of residential structures at risk (53,984) to the total reconstruction cost ($16.35 Billion).
It is vital that Travis County be a leader in the region to develop wildfire preparedness plans and mitigation measures. This includes work with each ESD to create, implement, and update existing mitigation plans, as well as do a better job of cleaning up open spaces.