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Published on May 08, 2024
Texas Governor Greg Abbott Mobilizes State Resources to Counter Wildfire Threat in Panhandle and West TexasSource: Office of the Texas Governor

Texas Governor Greg Abbott has called upon the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) to ramp up its wildfire combat efforts as imminent fire threats loom over the Panhandle and West Texas regions, sources revealed. With a history of significant wildfire events, the state is not taking any chances, deploying an arsenal of firefighting resources, including more than 100 firefighters and specialized aircraft designed to tackle fierce blazes from above.

"Following the largest wildfire in our state's history, Texas stands ready to provide all available resources to assist firefighters and local officials and protect Texas communities," Governor Abbott stated, according to a press release on his official website. Abbott's precautionary moves come as the National Weather Service predicts a period of elevated-to-critical wildfire conditions in the West Texas and Panhandle incredibly dry grasses facing high winds, with the greatest dangers near Dumas, Amarillo, Fort Davis, and Alpine.

The Governor's instructions to TDEM include activating the Texas A&M Forest Service's formidable fleet, comprised of bulldozers, motor graders, and over a dozen firefighting aircraft. These assets are set to join the frontline defenses alongside the Texas Intrastate Fire Mutual Aid System strike teams that count more than 50 personnel and over 20 fire engines.

Moreover, TDEM is dispatching emergency response staff, and the Texas Department of State Health Services (Texas Emergency Medical Task Force) is mobilizing Wildland Fire Support Packages with paramedics and ambulances. "As dangerous wildfire threats continue in the Panhandle and West Texas, Texans are encouraged to remain vigilant," Governor Abbott added, emphasizing the need for communities to be prepared and regularly monitor weather conditions. Texans will receive aid from game wardens and helicopters with firefighting capability on standby, officials warned, ensuring even the Texas National Guard is on alert to join the fray if needed.

The state government is also advising residents to take proactive measures against wildfires, including restricting activities prone to igniting fires and preparing emergency plans and supplies. Texans seeking more information on protecting themselves from wildfires can find tips and safety guidance at and, which offer insights into preparing for and responding to fire threats.