As the staff liaison to Forest & Rural Fire Protection Technical Committee at NFPA, I had the opportunity to travel down to Texas and take part in a post fire review through the State Fire Marshal’s Office of the Bastrop wildfire.
The LA Times reports that Texas fire officials have brought some major blazes under control, allowing residents to return to their homes, but warned that the state may still face more fires given record summer heat and drought.
During the last week, firefighters across the state have responded to 176 wildfires that burned 126,844 acres, according to the Texas Forest Service. The largest fire, in the Bastrop area east of Austin, has destroyed 1,386 homes, a state record for a single fire. Firefighters had the blaze 30% contained Thursday and expected to make headway in the coming days, but local officials warned that they could see more fires if hot, dry conditions persisted.
I'll be posting photos as I make my way around Bastrop, so keep checking back for updates.
Isidro Gonzalez and Manual Almanza with the Black Eagles 4 Porterville, CA called in to help the firefighting efforts