Texas Wildfire Risk Assessment Portal unveiled

Officials with Texas Forest Service and The Texas A&M University System unveiled new web applications that will help homeowners and communities determine wildfire risk -- and take measures to mitigate potential hazards. Texas Wildfire Risk Assessment Portal, or TxWRAP, allows users to identify wildfire threats for a particular area based on landscape characteristics, historical fire occurrence, weather conditions, terrain and potential fire behavior.

Vilsack, Salazar, Tidwell give briefing on wildfire readiness

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Interior Secretary Ken Salazar discussed the federal government's readiness for the upcoming wildfire season to ensure protection for communities and restoration of forests and public lands. The Secretaries were joined by FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate, Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell and National Predictive Services Program Manager of the National Interagency Fire Center Ed Delgado.


It's always wildfire season somewhere in the United States. In 2016, more than 67,000 wildfires burned more than 5.5 million acres of land in the United States. 

State Foresters are responsible for wildfire protection on nearly two-thirds of America’s forested lands. State forestry agencies and their partners provide critical resources and experience to wildland fire management and suppression as part of the coordinated national wildfire response. State forestry agencies also support prevention and mitigation efforts to reduce the risk of wildland fire.