Oasis Fire Workshop well attended

The Junction Eagle April 22, 2015 by James Murr A workshop on the Oasis Pipeline fire was held on April 18th at Texas Tech’s Llano River Field Station in Junction. The fire burned around 9,000 acres about 14 miles southwest of Junction during April 24 to May 10 in 2011. This article is the last in a series of three about the fire. The first two articles reviewed the fire’s scope, cooperative firefighting efforts, costs, and different land restoration and recovery approaches that were tried on a pilot basis after the fire. The well-attended workshop provided an overview of the preceding and focused on the critical role of land stewardship in fostering land recovery and the all-important c

Oasis Fire - then and now (part 2)

The Junction Eagle April 8, 2015 by James Murr and Scott Richardson This is the second of three articles reviewing the OASIS Pipeline fire of April-May 2011 that burned 9,000 acres southwest of Junction. The first article reviewed the extent of the fire and the cooperative efforts of local, state, and federal governments in bringing the fire under control. This article reviews actions taken after the fire to deal with the restoration and recovery of the burned land that threatened the riparian and aquatic habitat – i.e., the South Llano River, its tributaries, and downstream areas. The third and final article in this series will report on an April 18th workshop, which will be held at the

Oasis Fire - then and now (part 1)

The Junction Eagle April 1, 2015 by James Murr and Scott Richardson In April 2011, a time of severe drought, a large fire was started by a smoldering lighting strike around 14 miles southwest of Junction near the end of Kimble County Road 130. The severe fire that burned around 9,000 acres came to be known as the OASIS Pipeline Fire. During the course of the fire, from April 24 to May 10, it threatened at times to reach the City of Junction. On Saturday, April 18th, four years after the fire, there will be a workshop to provide information about recovery of the land, water and wildlife, and the recovery strategies that were undertaken. The workshop will begin at 8:30 a.m. at the Texas

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