Authorities said on Thursday that 225 homes were destroyed by a fast-moving wildfire in the Texas Panhandle earlier this week, a figure that’s more than double initial estimates.
About 2,100 Texas Panhandle residents evacuated for days because of a wildfire are scheduled to return to their homes.
Teams of emergency officials will comb a 4-square-mile area of the Texas Panhandle to assess the damage from a wildfire and search for potential victims.
Emergency officials said that about 75 homes were destroyed, and hundreds of people have evacuated the area, after a wildfire burned near a small town in the Texas Panhandle.
Some brush-munching goats have been put on two months of fire prevention duty in South Texas. Officials rented the barnyard animals to eat up flammable plants.
North Texas will see windy and dry conditions on Thursday, and that could mean trouble in the winter season. The threat of wildfires will be increasing throughout the day.
North Texas is still in a drought, which means that wildfires pose a definite threat in our area. We have plenty of dead vegetation in a time that is normally dry and windy.
By December of 2011 the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) had declared wildfire disaster declarations in more than 150 Texas counties. Today the agency refunded some of the money spent to fight those fires.
Wildfires scorched about 6,200 square miles of Texas two years ago, draining the state’s firefighting coffers and leaving emergency crews exhausted from months of battling massive blazes.
A $406,000 federal grant will help Texas fund temporary jobs as cleanup and recovery efforts continue from devastating 2011 wildfires.
The Texas agency responsible for fighting wildfires has asked the state Legislature for an additional $27.2 million to add some 90 firefighters and buy equipment as it faces the threat of more devastating fires in the future.
The Tarrant County Commissioner’s Court has approved an outdoor burning ban for Tarrant County effective Dec. 4. The ban will be in place for the next 90 days.