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

  • Friday, May 16, 2014 • Austin, Texas • Proclamation
    Gov. Perry Issues Disaster Declaration for Hutchinson County
    Gov. Rick Perry issues disaster proclamation for Hutchinson County due to wildfire damage. The proclamation directs necessary resources be made available to meet the disaster.
  • Wednesday, June 12, 2013 • Austin, Texas • Press Release
    Statement by Gov. Rick Perry on FEMA’s Denial of Funds for West
    The day of the West memorial service, President Obama stood in front of a grieving community and told them they would not be forgotten. He said his administration would stand with them, ready to help. We anticipate the president will hold true to his word and help us work with FEMA to ensure much-needed assistance reaches the community of West.
  • Wednesday, June 05, 2013 • Austin, Texas • Speech
    Gov. Perry Honors Fallen Houston Firefighters
    Gov. Rick Perry spoke today at a memorial honoring the fallen firefighters who died while searching for survivors in a Houston fire.
  • Thursday, May 16, 2013 • Austin, Texas • Press Release
    Statement by Gov. Rick Perry on West Investigation Results
    The tragedy in West has dramatically changed the lives of many in this tight-knit community, forever leaving its mark on the town and in the hearts of those who call West home.
  • Wednesday, April 17, 2013 • Austin, Texas • Press Release
    Statement by Gov. Perry on Incident in West
    Gov. Rick Perry today released the following statement regarding the incident in West, Texas: We are monitoring developments and gathering information as details continue to emerge about this incident. We have also mobilized state resources to help local authorities. Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of West, and the first responders on the scene.