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Texas A&M Forest Service lowers state Wildland Fire Preparedness Level to Level 2

While wildfires still persist across Texas, just over a month ago the level was raised to Level 4 as rain remained elusive from weather forecasts across the state.

TEXAS, USA — Editor's Note: The attached video aired in June.

The Texas A&M Forest Service has lowered the Wildland Fire Preparedness Level to Level 2. A little over a month ago, on June 7, the agency upped the level to Level 4, the second highest level that Texas can be put under.

Late last week, the agency lowered the level from Level 4 to Level 3 "as a result of increased rainfall and a decrease in wildfire activity across the state." Although the news of the level being lowed is positive, wildfires still persist. 

The State Preparedness Level is a measure of how prepared local agencies must be in order to properly respond to and allocate both local and statewide resources to be able to fight wildfires. The levels range from one to five.

A breakdown of the five levels and what they signify is found below. The information comes directly from the Texas A&M Forest Service.

  • Level 1
    • Minimal drought and normal fuel moisture allow local resources to suppress wildfires without issue. Fire activity is minimal.
  • Level 2
    • Elevated fire danger is observed in some regions of the state. Additional resources may be requested to assist, and aircraft may be staged in state for response.
  • Level 3
    • Wildfire activity is impacting several regions of the state as the result of drought, dry vegetation or frequent fire weather events. Texas A&M Forest Service strategically positions personnel, equipment and aircraft in areas at risk. Additional resources, including those from other regions, agencies or states, may be necessary.
  • Level 4
    • A very high volume of wildfires, including large fires and fires that are resistant to control, is reported daily across the state. The fire environment will support increased wildfire activity and a heavy commitment of state and local resources for long durations is likely required. Continued mobilization of interagency resources and the activation of incident management teams may occur.
  • Level 5
    • The highest level of wildland fire activity and indicates heavy resource commitment to fires locally and across the state. Conditions will support large, complex wildfire incidents across the state.

The Texas A&M Forest Service reported that on Monday, Sept. 18, three wildfires burned over 250 acres across the state, with some areas not seeing an improvement of conditions to prevent wildfires from starting in conditions that will allow wildfires to start.

Click here for information on currently active wildfires around the state from the Texas A&M Forest Service.

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