Feb. 26, 2011 — COLLEGE STATION, Texas — Sixteen fire engines from departments across the state are being stationed throughout West Texas in preparation for potentially-devastating wildfire conditions expected Sunday.
The engines — brush trucks specifically designed to battle wildfires — are being activated through the Texas Intrastate Fire Mutual Aid System (TIFMAS), a statewide agreement that allows communities to call upon each other during times of need. Four command vehicles also are being activated.
On Sunday, high impact fire weather that could directly threaten public safety is predicted for much of the state including all areas along and west of the I-35 corridor. Wind speeds are expected to reach 35 to 45 mph with gusts up to 60 mph, which could push wildfires more than 100 yards — or about the length of a football field — in a minute’s time.