The 23rd annual Capital Area Interagency Wildfire and Incident Management Academy (CAIWA) began this week at the Camp Swift National Guard Facility in Bastrop, Texas. The academy will take place October 8-20, 2021.
Each year, firefighters travel from across the state and nation to attend the academy to continue their education and earn National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) training qualifications. The mission of Texas Interagency Wildfire and Incident Management Academies, including CAIWA, is to enhance wildland firefighters’ knowledge, utilizing NWCG standards, while promoting safe and cost-effective operations.
Four prescribed fires are expected to take place during this year's academy, one each during two sessions of S-130/190: Firefighter Training and Introduction to Wildland Fire Behavior and one each during two sessions of S-219: Firing Operations courses.
While these prescribed fires play an instrumental role in the continuing education of student wildland firefighters, they are also equally important to the ecosystems of Central Texas. After the 2011 Bastrop Complex Fire burned approximately 32,000 acres of the Lost Pines, Camp Swift now holds some of the largest tracks of the mature, genetically different, loblolly pines in the region.
Even with the smaller nature of these burns, they are a part of larger projects to reduce hazardous fuels; protect wildland-urban interface communities; improve habitat and forest conditions; and reintroduce fire to a fire-adapted ecosystem to restore healthy forests and species diversity.
Academy overhead work in close cooperation with the local office of emergency management and fire department to insure clear communication.
Specific information on the individual prescribed burn projects will be posted in the News section.
|Current as of|
|Incident Type||Prescribed Fire|
|Date of Origin||Friday October 08th, 2021 approx. 08:00 AM|
|Location||Camp Swift Training Center|
|Incident Commander||Meredith McNeil - Texas A&M Forest Service|
|Incident Description||Prescribed burn on Camp Swift. Burn will be approximately 3 acres to burn hazardous fuel build up underneath an established pine stand.|
|Coordinates||30.243 latitude, -97.267 longitude|
|Percent of Perimeter Contained||100%|
|Estimated Containment Date||Thursday October 21st, 2021 approx. 05:00 PM|
Grass and pine litter