Office of the Governor Rick Perry

Texas Wildfires


Wildfire Impact on Texas from January to September 2011
Chief Nim Kidd on Wildfire Preparedness

Twitter Updates

Extreme drought conditions have sparked dangerous wildfires across the state, which have taken lives, engulfed more than 3.8 million acres and destroyed hundreds of homes. Texans must continue to heed all warning from fire and local officials, and take all necessary precautions to minimize the risk of wildfire.

Helpful Information

»  Apply for Disaster Relief with FEMA
»  Updates via Texas Forest Service
»  Local Shelters for Central Texas
»  Register Yourself as “Safe and Well”
»  County Burn Ban Map
»  Fire Activity Map via Google Earth
»  Wildfire Prevention Tips
FEMA: 1-800-621-3362
Evacuation Information: 2-1-1
American Red Cross: 1-800-733-2767
Roadside Assistance: 1-800-525-5555
TxDOT Road Closures: 1-800-452-9292
Relay Service: 7-1-1
(Hearing Impaired and Visual Disabilities)
Report Arson: 1-800-364-3470

Donation & Volunteer Information

 » Register to Volunteer
 » Texas Disaster Relief Fund
 » American Red Cross
 » The Salvation Army
 » Texas Forest Service: VFD Emergency Assistance Fund
 » Texas Baptist Men: Disaster Relief Ministry

News & Announcements

  • Saturday, October 01, 2011 • Austin, Texas • Proclamation
    Gov. Perry Issues Proclamation Extending Wildfire and Drought Emergency
    Gov. Rick Perry issues proclamation extending wildfire and drought emergency for all 254 counties due to the ongoing threat of wildfires across the state. The proclamation directs necessary resources be made available to aid response efforts and notes the ongoing strain on water resources.
  • Saturday, September 17, 2011 • Austin, Texas • Executive Order
    RP76 - Relating to the suspension of a waiting period for certain state unemployment insurance claims
  • Monday, September 12, 2011 • Austin, Texas • Press Release
    Non-Profit Fund Expands Emergency Hotel Voucher Program for Fire Victims, Additional Counties Added to Federal Disaster Request
    The non-profit Texas Disaster Relief Fund has made additional funding available to provide emergency hotel vouchers for up to seven days for individuals and families who have been displaced by a wildfire in Grimes, Montgomery and Waller counties. Over the weekend, the state requested that the recently approved federal Major Disaster Declaration be expanded to provide individual and public assistance for additional counties, including Montgomery, Grimes and Waller, as well as statewide hazard mitigation for counties that have been affected by wildfires since August 30.
  • Friday, September 09, 2011 • Austin, Texas • Press Release
    Gov. Perry Announces Emergency Hotel Voucher Program for Victims of Bastrop County Fire
    Gov. Rick Perry today announced that up to $250,000 from the Texas Disaster Relief Fund will be distributed through Combined Community Action Inc. to provide seven-day emergency hotel vouchers for individuals and families whose homes have been destroyed in the Bastrop County fire. Combined Community Action will also administer flexible assistance cards using up to $350,000 from the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs to cover essential expenses for these individuals and families.
  • Tuesday, September 06, 2011 • Austin, Texas • Press Release
    Texas Task Force 1 Deploys to Bastrop County
    Texas Task Force 1, the state's elite search team, was deployed to assist local officials and first responders in Bastrop County. With ongoing fires across Texas, the governor also urged all individuals who have been evacuated from their homes to register themselves and their families with the American Red Cross' Safe and Well program.