"We directly back up to a greenbelt," Paul Robbins said from his Oak Hill backyard. "And there are homes like this throughout the region."
Two years ago, Robbins came dangerously close to losing his home to a wildfire.
"It was surreal," Robbins said. "There was no time to be scared. It was just a matter of figuring out what to take with you and hauling out quickly."
His next-door neighbor was not as fortunate.
"There used to be a whole house here," Robbins said, pointing to the slab foundation in the lot next to his. "That woman got out with nothing but the clothes on her back and her contact lenses. Her hair was singed by the fire."
To prevent losses like this in the future, community members in areas impacted by wildfires are planning out every detail.
"Evacuation plans, having enough resources to fight wildland fire, water resources," said Michal Hubbard, coordinator of the Bastrop Fire Citizen's Advisory Panel.
Meanwhile, Paul is taking some steps of his own – making sure trees are trimmed away from his house and the yard is clear of dead brush.
He even replaced his home's greenbelt-facing wall with high-tech, fire-resistant material – replacing the old, flammable fiberboard.
"This is what happens if you don't do it," Robbins said, pointing to the remnants of his neighbor's house.
The Austin City Council will take up billing errors and problems with the appeals process at Austin Energy during Thursday's meeting.
The judge presiding over the trial to oust District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg ruled Wednesday that she'll stay in office.
Mack Brown’s longtime friend and attorney said Wednesday that the veteran coach of the Longhorns has not yet made a decision on his future, but that it will come soon.
County commissioners voted Tuesday to approve the buyout of 23 homes in the Timber Creek neighborhood.
The sign-language interpreter on stage at Nelson Mandela's globally broadcast memorial service was a faker who was waving his arms around meaninglessly, advocates for the deaf said Wednesday.
Willie Nelson's nine-hole golf course in Briarcliff is up for sale and the asking price is $3 million, according to a local real estate website.