KBTX | Bryan & College Station, TX | News, Weather, Sports

Texas Agency Seeks Millions More to Fight Fires

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

HOUSTON (AP) - The Texas agency responsible for fighting wildfires has asked the state Legislature for an additional $27.2 million to add some 90 firefighters and buy equipment as it faces the threat of more devastating fires in the future.

Texas A&M Forest Service official Robby DeWitt says the additional funds are necessary because the agency had to bring in more expensive out-of-state crews nationwide in 2011 to help battle the worst wildfire season in state history.

The House has recommended providing the agency with the same level of funding it received for 2012-13. The Senate has proposed providing at least the additional funds the agency needs to expand. The final bill will likely look different from both of those.


KBTX-TV Channel 3 4141 E. 29th Street Bryan, TX 77802 Phone: (979) 846-7777 Fax: (979) 846-1490 News Fax: (979) 846-1888
Gray Television, Inc. - Copyright © 2002-2014 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 187463451