AUSTIN (KXAN) - A fire in the eastern Austin sky Tuesday afternoon may look like a fire out of control, but actually it was the opposite.
The 120-acre brush fire just off Decker Lane was set intentionally by the Austin Fire Department, used as valuable training for crews.
"They're able to watch the way topography and winds affect fire," said Fire Battalion Chief Palmer Buck. "Getting to see that actual boots on the ground experience in dealing with wildfires."
Training under hot, dry conditions is critical for Austin's firefighters, especially in light of the Prescott, Ariz., fire last week that took 19 of the best trained firefighters.
"Almost 20 percent of their fire department died in one event so," Buck said. "It's a stark reminder of how dangerous a job is and even if you're doing everything right, conditions can change."
The fire department says they'll be adding 100 more firefighters by years end brining the total to near 1,100. Hopefully enough to take on whatever dangerous situation awaits this summer. On Wednesday, AFD will be conducting controlled burn at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in South Austin.
It starts at 1 p.m.
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University of Texas System regents say they're planning to discuss the employment of Austin campus President Bill Powers, who has sparred with lawmakers and critics over his job in recent years.
Two people were robbed at gunpoint at an East Austin apartment complex Monday evening.
Because of her position as Travis County District Attorney, the deputies who arrested, booked, and restrained Rosemary Lehmberg last April admit they were worried her threats were legitimate.
In a last-minute surprise late Monday, U.S. Rep. Steve Stockman filed paperwork to challenge fellow Texas Republican and powerful incumbent John Cornyn for the U.S. Senate next year.