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County Meeting on Wildfires

Resident Steve Bickerstaff & DPS Officer Jay Webster, Town Hall Meeting, Fort Davis, May 17, 2011, KRTS photo by JP Schwartz

There was a standing-room only crowd for the Town Hall Meeting yesterday (Tuesday, May 17) at the Jeff Davis County Courthouse in Fort Davis to discuss the county response to the devastating Rock House Fire in April-May 2011.

The meeting was moderated by Captain Jay Webster of the Texas Department of Safety. County officials were in attendance, and there was an extended period of citizen comment.

Click title above for a slideshow. Listen during the 10 AM hour for a radio wrap-up.

A key outcome of the meeting was the acknowledgement of a need for improved communications for future emergency preparedness. Citizens offered suggestions including a warning siren system, a reverse 911 system, a backup generator for the water supply in Fort Davis, a dedicated radio band, and loosened controls on highway closures.


Former KRTS/KXWT News Director