Lone Star State Incident Management Team Deployed to North West Texas

    Mar. 13, 2017—MERKEL, Texas—The Lone Star State Incident Management Team from Texas A&M Forest Service has set up an incident coordination center in Merkel, Texas to support wildfire response in the western half of Texas.

    The team deployed with 35 members, including members of state’s All-Hazard Incident Management Teams. The state AHIMT network is comprised of local responders throughout the state from all walks of life and professions. They are trained to respond to an emergency when called upon either by their local team or by the state.

    “The team has been mobilized to support responders in the parts of the state currently experiencing an elevated wildfire threat,” said Incident Commander Les Rogers. “We will be providing the branches additional out-of-branch resources and supervision and setting priorities for critical resources.”  

    The team is in place in anticipation of continued wildfire weather conditions and activity. Twenty-five of the 30 largest wildland fires in Texas history have occurred between the months of January — May, including the Perryton Fire from March 6, 2017, now the third largest wildfire in Texas A&M Forest Service response history.

    Continued windy fronts in this region, in conjunction with elevated fire weather conditions and above-normal fuel loading, reinforce the need for caution and preparedness. The team will be coordinating resources and facilitating continual response to the region.

    Visit our Current Situation page, www.facebook.com/lssimt or follow @allhazardstfs on twitter for Texas wildfire information.

    About the Lone Star State Incident Management Team

    When a disaster occurs in Texas and it exceeds the capabilities of the local government, the Lone Star State Incident Management Team may be ordered by the Texas Division of Emergency Management to respond.  The team adheres to the Incident Command System which allows the IMT to organize and respond to any type of disaster — including wildland fires, hurricanes, floods, tornados and such events as the Space Shuttle Columbia recovery. LSSIMT members are capable of remaining active on an incident for an extended period of time.



    LSSIMT Public Information Officer – Merkel, 979-255-4129

    Phillip Truitt, Communications Specialist 979-255-0591, ptruitt@tfs.tamu.edu

    Texas A&M Forest Service Communications Office; 979-458-6606; newsmedia@tfs.tamu.edu