Governor Greg Abbott is issuing a disaster declaration in ten North Texas counties in response to an ongoing wildfire. The Chalk Mountain Fire has burned over 6,700 acres as of last night was just 20% contained. Around 60 homes were evacuated and over 15 were destroyed in the blaze. There are now more than 80 counties in the state now under disaster declarations.
"Wildfires continue to impact communities across our state, and the State of Texas is working around the clock to ensure Texans and their loved ones are kept safe," said Governor Abbott. "Thank you to the brave first responders and emergency response personnel for their courage in protecting their local communities. As we continue our efforts to safeguard our communities, Texans should remain vigilant, weather-aware, and mindful of guidance from their local officials as we navigate potential and ongoing fires."