AUSTIN – Gov. Rick Perry has issued a disaster proclamation for 167 counties in response to the significant threat posed by wildfire conditions in those areas. The governor’s proclamation allows the state to activate all essential resources, and suspends pertinent rules and regulations that could impede the state’s ability to quickly respond to the constantly changing threat. The proclamation also allows the state to request any necessary federal assistance.
“As continued drought conditions have made the threat of wildfires a reality, the state is assisting in battling these fires, and we will continue to provide the necessary resources to protect our communities,” Gov. Perry said. “I urge all Texans to use extreme care in outdoor activities, be aware of burn bans in their counties, and take precautions to protect their homes and property while these conditions persist.”
A high pressure system over the state for the last month has produced a hot and dry pattern, causing consecutive days of triple digit temperatures and a lack of precipitation, and posing a significant fire threat that is expected to continue. As a result of these conditions, burn bans have been issued in 152 counties.
Since June 25, more than 10,000 acres have been burned by wildfires across the state, with nearly 150 homes threatened. State agencies and organizations including the American Red Cross, Texas Forest Service, Texas Military Forces and Texas AgriLife Extension Service have responded to the fires.
The counties designated in the disaster proclamation are as follows:
Anderson, Angelina, Aransas, Archer, Atascosa, Austin, Bandera, Bastrop, Baylor, Bee, Bell, Bexar, Blanco, Borden, Bosque, Bowie, Brazoria, Brazos, Brooks, Brown, Burleson, Burnet, Caldwell, Calhoun, Cameron, Camp, Cass, Chambers, Cherokee, Clay, Collin, Colorado, Comal, Cooke, Coryell, Crosby, Dallas, Delta, Denton, DeWitt, Dimmit, Duval, Eastland, Edwards, Ellis, Erath, Falls, Fannin, Fayette, Fort Bend, Franklin, Freestone, Frio, Galveston, Garza, Gillespie, Goliad, Gonzales, Grayson, Gregg, Grimes, Guadalupe, Hardin, Harris, Harrison, Hays, Henderson, Hidalgo, Hill, Hood, Hopkins, Houston, Howard, Hunt, Irion, Jack, Jackson, Jasper, Jefferson, Jim Hogg, Jim Wells, Johnson, Karnes, Kaufman, Kendall, Kenedy, Kerr, Kinney, Kleberg, La Salle, Lamar, Lampasas, Lavaca, Lee, Leon, Liberty, Limestone, Live Oak, Llano, Lynn, Madison, Marion, Matagorda, Maverick, McLennan, McMullen, Medina, Midland, Milam, Montague, Montgomery, Morris, Nacogdoches, Navarro, Newton, Nueces, Orange, Palo Pinto, Panola, Parker, Polk, Rains, Real, Red River, Refugio, Robertson, Rockwall, Rusk, Sabine, San Augustine, San Jacinto, San Patricio, Scurry, Shackelford, Shelby, Smith, Somervell, Starr, Stephens, Sutton, Tarrant, Throckmorton, Titus, Tom Green, Travis, Trinity, Tyler, Upshur, Uvalde, Van Zandt, Victoria, Walker, Waller, Ward, Washington, Webb, Wharton, Wichita, Wilbarger, Willacy, Williamson, Wilson, Wise, Wood, Young, Zapata and Zavala.