1 Mar 2009, 9:12pm
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Texas State Resources Used to Combat Fire

Fox 7 Austin, Sunday, 01 Mar 2009 [here]

AUSTIN - Governor Rick Perry put state resources into action to combat wildfire in Central Texas on Sunday afternoon. The resources include four Texas Military Forces Blackhawk helicopters that drop water and fire retardant, Texas Forest Service firefighters, contract aircraft and heavy equipment.

“Wildfires burning in Central Texas have destroyed homes and property over the weekend, but fortunately there have been no reports of lives lost,” Gov. Rick Perry said. “The state is assisting in battling this threat and will continue to provide necessary resources to protect our communities. I urge all Texans to use extreme care in outdoor activities, to be aware of burn bans in their counties, and to take precautions to protect their homes and property.”

Since Jan. 1, 2009, 3,685 wildfires have burned 118,061 acres of land across the state. These fires have threatened 1,763 homes, firefighters have saved 1,630 homes, and 57 homes were lost, according to Governor’s Office officials.

The most significant damage occurred over the weekend in Bastrop County, officials said. These damages include 25 homes destroyed and 1,000 acres burned. The fire is burning in heavy terrain, hampering firefighting efforts. … [more]



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