Drought and Fires Keeping Crews Busy Around South Texas
|Crews from TXDOT refuel dozers on the Greta Fire in Refugio|
Southside Light News
Refugio—While a few rain showers over this past weekend really seemed like a nice reprieve around South Texas, the concern continues to grow around drought conditions and as crews from around the country pitch in to help battle wildfires across the region.
While parts of the area are facing moderate, severe and extreme drought conditions, at least two wildfires have kept emergency crews hopping.
The “30 Fire” in Brooks County has burned some 625 acres west/southwest of Falfurrias. According to state officials, that fire is currently 90% contained and progress is still being made.
Over in Refugio County the “Greta Fire” is only 60% contained and has already consumed some 1,200 acres. Crews from the Texas Department of Transportation assisted firefighting efforts by refueling dozers and equipment Monday evening while crews continued to battle the blaze.
Crews from as far away as Georgia have come into the state to help extinguish the blazes around the state. The Texas Forest Service said on Monday that they have established a regional command center in Beeville to help distribute firefighting resources around the region.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott issued a disaster declaration on Friday for much of South Texas and other parts of the state as drought conditions worsen day by day. That action allowed for more state and federal aide to come in with assistance.