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Texas A&M Forest Service Mobilized For Out-Of-State Wildfires

Personnel are responding to increased fire activity in Colorado, Arizona, Alaska, New Mexico and Florida.
By Laura Muntean, Texas A&M AgriLife Communications June 24, 2021

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Forest Service personnel are supporting wildfire suppression efforts in multiple roles.

Texas A&M Forest Service

Twenty-five Texas A&M Forest Service personnel and operational fire resources, including two engine crews, are currently deployed to out-of-state wildfire incidents in Colorado, Arizona, Alaska, New Mexico and Florida.

With increased fire activity occurring in multiple areas across the country, resources from around the nation mobilize to assist other states during times of need.

Texas state resources are supporting wildfire suppression efforts in multiple roles, including fire fighting, engine support, prevention team members, aviation operations and support functions.

“We are glad to be in the position to assist other states,” said Wes Moorehead, Texas A&M Forest Service assistant director. “Texas A&M Forest Service, however, remains dedicated to protecting Texas’ citizens and natural resources from wildfire and all-hazard incidents, even as national activity increases. We will continue to monitor conditions and assess needs locally.”

Texas Monitors Conditions

Across Texas, fire potential remains low due to recent rainfall and increased greenness of vegetation. Despite ignition chances being minimal, Texas A&M Forest Service continues to encourage everyone to remain diligent with any outdoor activities that may cause a spark and always check for burn bans or other restrictions.

For current conditions and wildfire outlook, visit the Texas Fire Potential Outlook.

Burn ban information can be found by contacting local fire departments or by visiting the Forest Service website.

This article by Laura Muntean originally appeared on AgriLife Today.

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