‘Texas is fully prepared to address any potential wildfires in the coming days’

Governor Greg Abbott prepares state resources in response to elevated fire weather throughout Texas

AUSTIN, Texas – On Friday, Jan. 14, Governor Greg Abbott directed the TDEM to prepare resources in response to increased fire weather conditions across Texas this weekend. The Texas A&M Forest Service warns residents of elevated to critical fire weather are forecast for the following regions through the end of the week:

  • West Texas,
  • South Plains,
  • Big Country,
  • Permian Basin,
  • Big Bend
  • and the border region.

On Saturday, Jan. 15, the Texas A&M Forest Service forecasted increased fire danger for areas along and west of Interstate-35. Very strong north winds, following an early morning cold front, will dominate Saturday’s fire environment. Strong winds combined with a landscape covered in freeze-cured grasses support increased wildfire activity. On the other hand, cool temperatures should keep the possibility of significant wildfires low.

Governor Abbot released the following statement:

“Additional resources have been readied ahead of elevated critical fire weather conditions across our state and Texas is fully prepared to address any potential wildfires in the coming days,” said Governor Abbott. “As we continue to monitor the weather and communicate with local partners, Texans are encouraged to follow the guidance of their community officials and other emergency response personnel.”

The Texas A&M Forest Service has deployed the following resources:

  • 2 Texas Intrastate Fire Mutual Aid System (TIFMAS) strike teams, including 33 firefighters and 10 fire engines;
  • two large air tankers; three Single Engine Air Tankers (SEATS);
  • and two air attack aerial supervision aircrafts and a lead plane.

Nineteen dozers, four engines and 11 incident commanders from Texas A&M Forest Service are prepositioned in areas of concern. State officials will use these resources if needed. Two Emergency Medical Task Force (EMTF) Wildland Support Units are also on standby if deployment is necessary.

You can visit ready.gov/wildfires or tfsweb.tamu.edu for wildfire safety tips and resources.