Texas Forest Service is urging Southeast Texas residents to continue to use extreme caution in the coming days as conditions remain ripe for dangerous wildfires.
With no relief in sight, Texas Forest Service is requesting additional firefighters and equipment — bulldozers, fire engines and air support — from surrounding states to support the existing resources stationed throughout the region.
“Everyone worked really hard yesterday,” Texas Forest Service Fire Prevention Program Coordinator Justice Jones said. “Every crew we had was manning a fire, and some of those fires were threating nearby communities. But working together with the volunteer fire departments, we were able to save homes.”
In the last week alone, Texas Forest Service responded to 53 fires that spanned 2,759 acres including one fire that charred 1,800 acres in Tyler and Hardin counties.
Areas that remain at high risk include Nacogdoches, Jasper, Woodville, Lufkin, Bryan, College Station, Huntsville, Conroe and Livingston and other communities south of Highway 84 in East Texas.