Texas Severe Wildfire Potential (EM-3127)

Incident period: June 4, 1998 to November 3, 1998
Emergency Declaration declared on June 23, 1998

Updates and Articles, Blogs, and News Releases

June 24, 1998
News Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- State, federal and local government resources are battling Texas wildfires that have burned more than 117,800 acres since May 1. This year, there has been more than 3,000 fires reported across the state. The situation has been intensified by one of the worst droughts in the state in half a century. Forecasters are calling for typical summer weather patterns this year, with little or no significant rainfall in the short-term.
June 23, 1998
News Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) reported today that President Clinton has ordered federal emergency aid for Texas because of the extreme threat to populated areas posed by the recent outbreak of wildfires. FEMA Director James Lee Witt said the President took the action this afternoon after FEMA reported that severe drought conditions have sparked more than 3,000 wildfires, which burned some 150,000 acres of land and threatened hundreds of homes over the past several weeks.
June 23, 1998
News Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) reported late yesterday that the uncontrolled Perry fire has been added to the list of recent state blazes designated for federal fire suppression assistance. FEMA Director James Lee Witt said the aid requested by the state was approved on Saturday, June 20, immediately after learning that the fire was posing a threat to populated areas in Falls County. The fire, which started Saturday, had burned an estimated 100 acres of land at the time of the request, according to the state.
June 19, 1998
News Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- FEMA approved a Fire Suppression Assistance Grant was approved for Jeff Davis County, Texas, yesterday. This grant will help firefighters battling the 200-acre Paradise fire burning near the Fort Davis Resort Ranch, about 18 miles southwest of Fort Davis on State Highway 166.
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