Texas Wildfire Fact Sheet

This is an amazing read from Inciweb. It’s important to note that every other state in the United States, plus Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands have sent firefighters to battle the blazes in Texas. The statistics are quite startling. So many homes have been lost, but far many more were saved. Thank you, Firefighters! For more information, click on the link at the bottom.

Released: 21 hrs. ago

Texas Fires 2011 Fact Sheet

(All figures are from 15 Nov. 2010 to September 5, unless noted.)

 Days on incident293

Personnel currently on incident: 1251

States that have sent firefighters or other personnel:

49 plus District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands

Total fires in Texas since Nov. 15, 201020,906

 Total acres burned in Texas since Nov. 15, 20103,601,775

(exceeds previous record of 2,105,361 acres set in 2005-2006)

 Fires in Texas in 2011: 18,887

Fires nationally in 2011: 55,477

Proportion of total national fires in 2011 that have occurred in Texas: 34 percent

 Acres burned in Texas in 2011: 3,538,852

Acres burned nationally in 2011: 7,213,113

Proportion of total national acres that have burned in Texas: 49 percent

Ten-year U.S. national average acres burned: 5,863,193 acres/year

 Six of the 10 largest wildfires in Texas history occurred in 2011.

 Total Aviation Hours: 13,577.05 (As of 9/5/11)

Total aviation drops: 40,950

Gallons of fire retardant dropped: 4,856,080

Gallons of water dropped: 20,851,869

Most flight hours recorded in a single day: 238.39 (20 June 2011)

Most gallons of water and retardant dropped in a single day: 1,188,883 (1 Sept 2011)

(Note: All air operation figures are from 21 Dec. 2010, when record-keeping began.)

Texas counties where Texas Forest Service has fought wildfires: 199 of 254

 Homes and structures saved since November 15, 2010: 45,359

Homes saved: 29,055

 Homes and structures lost since November 15, 2010: 3,523

Homes lost: 1,091

Record number of homes lost in Texas history on a single fire: 476 homes lost on the Bastrop County Complex Fire on Sept. 4 and 5, 2011.

 Texas counties with burn bans: 251 of 254

(Exceeds previous record of 221 set in 2006)

To learn more, go to www.inciweb.org or http://txforestservice.tamu.edu


About M.J.Deare

I am a writer, actively researching topics of interest. I am also a graduate of the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, with a degree in English, and have a master's degree from the University of Memphis. Born in New Orleans, I lived there until moving to northwest Arkansas and from there to Memphis, Tennessee. My husband and I currently reside in The Woodlands, Texas.
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