The Ready, Set, Go! Program uses firefighters and talented amateurs to teach others who live in high risk areas such as the River Place wildland-urban-interface (WUI) how to prepare people and property to reduce wildfire risks. The Ready, Set, Go program works through Firewise organizations, et. al to increase wildfire awareness and preparedness.  Suggestions based on test results can guide homeowners into preparing early for reducing wildfire risks that we all share in common with other WUI communities.

Ready, Set, Go guidelines provide knowledge, tools, and recommendations that have been shown to help structures withstand wildfire threats, even if the family must leave for their personal safety. Some preparations may assist fire departments in fighting the wildfire.

  • Ready – Preparing for the Fire Threat: Be Ready, Be Firewise, and Be Prepared. Prepare your property before the threat of a wildfire.  Create a defensible space by clearing brush 30, 60, and 100 feet away from your home. Attached wooden decks count as part of the house. Use fire-resistant landscaping. Construct with fire-retardant building materials, lawn sprinkler system, and firebreaks.   Collect vital records for quick getaway. Plan your escape route.  See for more information on preparedness.
  • Set – Situational Awareness When a Fire Starts: Pack your vehicle with your emergency items. Stay aware of the latest news from local media and your local fire department for updated information on the fire.
  • Go – Leave early! Leave so firefighters and their equipment can work efficiently. If adequately prepared, your house is more likely to remain standing when you return.


For more information about the ReadySetGo Program in Texas, please contact:
Texas Forest Service
Department Head Mitigation and Prevention

Please click here for more information about who owns the greenbelt next to River Place (PDF).

The River Place Firewise Committee thanks the ReadySetGo people for use of this article.





Attention River Place Homeowners,

Wildland fires can occur in residential development areas without disastrous loss of life, property and resources. Knowing how to protect your home, property and neighborhood from loss is the first step in becoming truly “Firewise.”

MISSION: To protect people and property in communities at risk from wildfire.

FIREWISE PROGRAM: The Firewise® program is a project of NFPA, the National Fire Protection Association. This program encourages neighbors to work together to reduce their wildfire risk.  Communities can reduce the risk of loss by employing wildfire mitigation practices at the individual lot level as well as community wide.

RECOGNITION PROGRAM: More than 1,028 communities have been recognized as Firewise communities by taking action to reduce the threat of wildfire.    River Place Community was recognized as a Firewise community in 2008.

The primary goal for Firewise landscaping is fuel reduction – limiting flammable vegetation and materials surrounding the home. The Home Ignition Zone is that 100-200 foot area around a house.

Zone 1 encircles the structure and all its attachments (wooden decks, fences, etc.) for at least 30 feet on all sides. “If it’s attached to the house, it’s a part of the house.”

Zone 2 is 30 to 100 feet from the home. Firewood and butane should be stored 50-60 feet away. Plants should be low-growing, well irrigated, and of low flammability.

Zone 3 is 100 to 200 feet from the home. Keep plants thinned, ignitable brush removed, and low limbs cut 6-10 feet from ground. Due to hilly topography, the distances to mitigate for radiant heat may range between 100 to 200 feet from the structure.

For a free Firewise assessment, contact Certified Management at: (512) 339-6962. Ask for Vangie Bocanegra.  Provide your name, home address, and telephone number.   Expect a phone call from a Firewise Committee member within twenty-four hours.

Printable diagram of a Home Ignition Zone: Open website at Click on “Firewise” below the River Place logo. The Ready, Set, Go program opens. Scroll to the very bottom of the page. Locate HOME IGNITION ZONE and click on it.  Print the 2-page document and keep it handy for all.