Gov. Greg Abbott is placing state resources in response to a weather-related wildfire risk in certain parts of Texas.
Abbott announced on Tuesday that elements of the Texas Intrastate Fire Mutual Aid System, the Texas A&M Forest Service, and the Texas Division of Emergency Management are being deployed in the Panhandle, the Trans-Pecos, and the southern and western plains.
These areas are having warm, dry, windy weather through Thursday, posing a serious risk of uncontrollable wildfires. Amarillo, Lubbock, Wichita Falls, Midland, Alpine, and McAllen could be in harm's way if fires break out.
"As Texans in the Panhandle, Western Plains, South Texas Plains, and Trans Pecos area face a significant threat of wildfires, I urge Texans in these communities to heed the guidance of their local leaders and avoid any outdoor burning that could spark wildfires," said Governor Abbott. "The State of Texas is working alongside local officials and emergency management leaders on the ground to keep our communities safe and mitigate the threat that wildfires pose.”