Governor Abbott Provides Updates on State Firefighting Efforts in Medina County – CBS Dallas/Fort Worth

AUSTIN (CBSDFW.COM) – After meeting with state and local officials in Medina County earlier today, Governor Greg Abbott held a press conference to update the public on the state’s response to the fires.

Governor Abbott was joined by the Texas Emergency Management Division and local officials for the conference, where he also amended his disaster declaration to include Medina County.

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“The State of Texas continues to work with local authorities on the ground and to respond to fires to keep Texans safe,” Governor Abbott said. “Thank you to our first responders and emergency response personnel who are working tirelessly to protect communities affected by the fires. As we continue to fight the fires, I encourage Texans to stay alert to weather conditions and continue to follow the advice of local officials to keep their loved ones safe. I ask Texans to join the First Lady and me in praying for those affected by the fires and severe weather that have impacted many parts of the state.

Governor Abbott encouraged Texans affected by the fire to complete TDEM’s Self-Report Damage Survey, which will help the state identify damage and direct emergency management officials. The data is also needed for FEMA assistance. The survey is available in English and Spanish and can be viewed online.

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Shelter is available for Texans who were evacuated or lost their homes as a result of the fire. The shelter is currently at Loma Alta College, but emergency officials will provide a new location later today.

Governor Abbott last week directed TDEM to increase the State Emergency Operations Center (SOC) readiness level and increase resources to respond to high and critical wildfire risks. in Texas, including the central and southern regions.

Many areas of Texas remain at high to extremely high fire danger due to high winds, low humidity and drought conditions. Texans are encouraged to stay alert to weather conditions and practice wildfire safety, especially in areas where burning bans are active, to keep their communities safe.

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