Governor Abbott directs TDEM to ready resources in response to elevated fire weather

Elevated fire weather is forecast for the Panhandle, South Plains, Hill Country, West Texas

AUSTIN, Texas – On Wednesday, Jan. 5, Governor Greg Abbott directed TDEM to ready resources in response to elevated fire weather through the end of the week across Texas. The Texas A&M Forest Service wants that elevated fire weather is predicted for the Panhandle, South Plains, Hill Country and West Texas starting Wednesday, Jan. 5, through the end of the week, particularly on Saturday.

Elevated fire weather combined with dry vegetation will increase the potential for wildfire activity. The Texas A&M Forest Service is predicting increased fire danger Saturday for the Panhandle, South Plains and Hill Country. Saturday’s wildland fire environment will support the greatest potential for wildfire activity in West Texas. Higher wind speeds and above normal temperatures are forecasted to align with dry vegetation to produce increased fire potential.

“Texas has readied resources ahead of wildfire threats in several communities over the next few days,” said Governor Abbott. “We will continue to work closely with local officials to make sure they have the resources they need to keep people safe, and I encourage Texans to pay attention to any new weather developments as well as the guidance of their local leaders.”

The following resources have been deployed by the Texas A&M Forest Service:

  • 3 Texas Intrastate Fire Mutual Aid System (TIFMAS) strike teams, including 47 firefighters, 15 fire engines, and 3 command vehicles;
  • two large air tankers; three Single Engine Air Tankers (SEATS);
  • and two air attack aerial supervision aircrafts. An additional 153 firefighters and an Emergency Medical Task Force (EMTF) Wildland Support Unit are on standby to be deployed if necessary.