The destruction of Austin, Texas is happening right before our eyes. Austin local politicians have released the locations for their new homeless encampments throughout the city. Along with the locations, the city also released the following safety considerations.
Austin Fire Department (AFD) is providing information addressing fire code, prevention, and safety information regarding encampments and outdoor safety. Adhering to these guidelines will help minimize the risk to life and property in addition to providing proper access in case of an emergency. These regulations are intended to be integrated with camping regulations established by City of Austin Parks and Rec Department.
Camp locations must be within 2000 feet of permanent Fire Department water supply.
Designated individual camp sites must be within 100 feet of access areas that can be reached by an AFD Brush Truck
• No camping in high wildfire-risk areas
• Austin contains many areas that are designated as high risk for Wildland Fires and Wildland Urban Interface fires. The associated hazards of these activities
when combined with dry conditions create an unsafe and unacceptable risk for life and property.
• Proper spacing, no camping within 20 feet of buildings, structures or critical infrastructure (exposed gas mains, cellular towers, water towers)
• By increasing the spacing between camps and structures, the likelihood of fire spread is greatly reduced and creates a safer environment for encampment
occupants and the general public. Camp sites should be spaced with a minimum distance between structures of 20 feet. This includes spacing between
tents from one camp site to the next. No camping in areas considered drainage or creeks, as they could flood or be overrun with water during heavy rains
• Flash flooding is a very real danger in a drainage area. While it may seem like a creek might not rise up suddenly, during Hurricane Harvey, Shoal Creek
flooded up on to Lamar Boulevard, rising well beyond the banks that are popular camp spots.
• During heavy rains, flood controls push excess water down drainages that normally do not see high waters.
• No structures other than membrane tents shall be allowed without proper permits. The use of building materials in camping structures is prohibited.
The use of building material in camping structures creates additional dangers and fire load.