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Texas Severe Wildfire Potential (EM-3127)

Incident period: June 04, 1998 to November 03, 1998
Emergency Declaration declared on June 23, 1998


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 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 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.

Financial Assistance

If and when individual assistance money is approved for this disaster, it will be displayed here. Information is updated every 24 hours.

Public Assistance - Dollars Approved

Public Assistance (PA): Disaster grant assistance available for communities to quickly respond to and recover from major disasters or emergencies declared by the President

Emergency Work (Categories A-B): Work that must be performed to reduce or eliminate an immediate threat to life, protect public health and safety, and to protect improved property that is significantly threatened due to disasters or emergencies declared by the President

Permanent Work (Categories C-G): Work that is required to restore a damaged facility, through repair or restoration, to its pre-disaster design, function, and capacity in accordance with applicable codes and standards

*Dollars Approved: Assistance dollars approved but not necessarily disbursed.

*Dollars Obligated: Funds made available to the State via electronic transfer following FEMA's final review and approval of Public Assistance projects.

Total Public Assistance Grants - Dollars Obligated* Emergency Work (Categories A-B) - Dollars Obligated* Permanent Work (Categories C-G) - Dollars Obligated*
Total Amount $41,304,168.50 $41,304,168.50 n/a
Last Updated: Sunday, May 21, 2017 - 12:54 (Updated daily)

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