Texas Wildfire Smoke & Fire Maps

Texas Wildfire Season: A Call for Vigilance

As spring approaches, the risk of wildfires in Texas intensifies. Prolonged drought conditions, dry vegetation, and unpredictable wind patterns create a dangerous environment for fires. The recent wildfire season has already seen concerning blazes, including the still-burning Smokehouse Creek Fire in the Panhandle. It’s crucial to be aware of the potential hazards and take steps to protect yourself and your community.

The deadly #SmokehouseCreekFire is now the largest wildfire in Texas history, consuming over one million acres. It seems to be 15% contained as of this Friday, March 1, 2024.

Regions at Risk

The Texas A&M Forest Service regularly identifies regions across the state with elevated wildfire danger. This year, areas of particular concern include the Panhandle, West Texas, and portions of Central Texas. These regions often experience strong winds and low humidity, contributing to fire spread. Residents in these areas should be especially cautious with any potential ignition sources.

Current 1 to 2 day Fire Forecast

Smoke and Fire Forecasts

Staying updated on weather conditions and wildfire forecasts is essential. Resources like the Texas Wildfire Risk Assessment Portal and Texas A&M Forest Service website provide valuable information. Pay close attention to red flag warnings, indicating critical fire weather, and air quality alerts as smoke can travel long distances, impacting health.

Burn Bans

Many counties in Texas implement burn bans during periods of heightened wildfire risk. These bans prohibit outdoor burning, such as brush piles and campfires. Be sure to check with your local officials for current restrictions in your area. Compliance with burn bans is critical for preventing accidental fires.

Stay Prepared

Wildfires can spread rapidly. Be prepared by having an evacuation plan and an emergency kit ready. If you’re in a wildfire-prone area, create defensible space around your home by clearing flammable vegetation. Take steps to reduce the risk of your home becoming a fuel source.

Let’s all do our part to minimize wildfire hazards in Texas this season. Stay informed, follow guidelines, and be vigilant in protecting our communities and natural resources.

Future Fire Forecast Map 3 to 8 days

Utilize Online Maps

Several online mapping resources allow you to track active wildfires in Texas and across the country. These maps often indicate fire perimeters, hotspots, and containment status. Some reliable resources include the Fire and Smoke Map (airnow.gov), the National Interagency Fire Center Maps (nifc.gov), and the Fire, Weather, & Avalanche Center Wildfire Map. By checking these maps, you can identify potential wildfire threats in your area and make informed decisions about outdoor activities and precautions.

Help Livestock burned or wounded from Texas, Arkansas and Oklahoma Wildfires

Producers with cattle that were burned or wounded by the recent wildfires can receive free wound care spray from the Woodward County Emergency Office

Vetericyn costs $34 for 16 ounces at Tractor Supply, but this office is supplying their mixture free of cost to anyone in need. He said the machine can make 300 gallons of hypochlorous acid every 12 hours. To get on the list to receive the liquid solution, contact the Oklahoma State University agriculture Extension office in Woodward. The Woodward County Emergency Manager said the wound care treatment is available to anyone affected by wildfires (no matter the state).

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