Texas Wildfires (DR-1999)
Incident period: April 6, 2011 to August 29, 2011
Major Disaster Declaration declared on July 1, 2011
Updates and Articles, Blogs, and News Releases
August 4, 2011
DENTON, Texas -- Few Texans realize that homes in suburban areas can be at risk from wildfires. But whether you live in the forested areas or in suburbs on the outskirts of relatively treeless places, houses are at risk every year when wildfires sweep across the land. Sparks from wildfires as far as two miles away can be blown into yards and roofs.
July 29, 2011
DENTON, Texas -- Fire protection for your house and safety for your family can be increased if you follow some key guidelines before dry weather and high winds bring the threat of wildfires to your area.
July 28, 2011
DENTON, Texas -- An estimated 90 percent of all Texas wildfires are caused by human activity. High winds and dry conditions can set the stage for potentially severe fires. The greatest single cause is when burning debris is not properly contained and sparks or burning trash blow into the air. Texans can help prevent fires if they:
July 25, 2011
DENTON, Texas -- A true team effort exists in response to wildfires in the state of Texas, as numerous state and federal agencies offer help to those responding to and recovering from the fires. In addition to support from the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Farm Service Agency (FSA) and Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) also have assistance programs available.
July 21, 2011
DENTON, Texas -- Many Texans have lost their lives during severe wildfire seasons because a wildfire overtook them in their vehicles. This fact has prompted officials with the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to warn motorists that they should never drive into dense smoke or they could become a fire fatality.
July 19, 2011
Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) Funding Added to Major Disaster Declaration for Texas Wildfires
DENTON, Texas -- Additional federal funding is now available to the state of Texas for mitigation projects that qualify under the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP). The state requested to add the funding program to its July 1 Presidential Disaster Declaration and received approval on July 18. The Major Disaster Declaration designated 45 Texas counties to receive reimbursements for emergency protective measures taken to fight wildfires between April 6 and May 3. The HMGP add-on allows for hazard mitigation funding statewide.