Texas Extreme Fire Hazards (EM-3142)
Incident period: August 1, 1999 to December 10, 1999
Emergency Declaration declared on September 1, 1999
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September 1, 1999
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced 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 the agency reported that severe drought conditions have sparked some 217 wildfires, which burned more than 23,300 acres of land and threatened numerous communities since August 1.