Twelve wildland firefighters from the Alabama Forestry Commission are being dispatched to Kingsville, Texas to assist the Texas Forest Service in fighting wildfires. The two strike teams will depart from the AFC Central Dispatch Office (2181 Cong. W.L. Dickinson Drive) in Montgomery at 11:00 am on Friday, August 14, taking four heavy wildland fire suppression units (bulldozer/transport combinations) and six pickup trucks.
According to State Forester Linda S. Casey, the AFC team is traveling to Texas on this 14-day assignment through an agreement with the U. S. Forest Service. Many of these Alabama firefighters have previously fought western fires in recent years, including details in Texas, Oklahoma, Oregon, and Idaho.
Southern portions of the state of Texas continue to suffer from extreme and exceptional drought. For the nine southern-most counties, the current drought is the worst on record for intensity since 1895. Since the first of the year, 13,083 wildfires have consumed 668,022 acres in the state.