Central Texas fire crews head off to help with wildfires

Central Texas fire crews head off to help with wildfires

11 April 2011

published by www.austin.ynn.com

USA — Firefighters from departments all over Central Texas loaded up Sunday and headed to Fort Davis to help fight a 60,000-acre brush fire that has already burned between 30 and 40 homes.

They’re going as part of a structural firefighting team that includes fire engines from Buda and South Hays County as well.

In all, 16 firefighters and a team leader from the Austin Fire Department are headed to the Fort Davis fire to defend structures nearby.

Battalion Chief Palmer Buck took time to explain the pact between fire departments across the state, called the Texas Interagency Fire Mutual Aid System.

“We have various regions, and when resources are needed, the regional coordinators are called. They put out a call to people that have pledged to assist in times of need, asking for whatever resources are required to deal with the emergency,” Buck said.

According to the Texas Forestry Service, 24 fires across the state have burned over 100,000 acres over the weekend.

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