2011 Wildfire Conditions
- Drenching rains from summer of 2010 led to a particularly lush vegetation growth.
- The vegetation was then largely killed off by an uncommonly cold winter that same year.
- In 2011, the driest March in state history only compounded a dire situation.
2011 Wildfire Statistics
- For several months in 2011, 99% of Texas was under a burn ban.
- 30,547 wildfires scorched across Texas, making it the most active wildfire season.
- 3,993,716 acres burned.
- 3,947 homes were destroyed.
- More than 1,400 wild and domesticated animals have perished in these fires.
- 29 firefighters have been injured since January 1, 2011.
- 3 firefighters and 2 civilians have died.
- 2 civilians have been injured.
- 39,413 homes were saved by firefighters during the 2011 wildfire season.
- 77% of our fire service is staffed by our volunteer fire departments.
- Approximately 30,000 volunteer firefighters across Texas represent 1,400 volunteer fire departments.
- 86% of our volunteer firefighters use their personal funds to meet the day-to-day equipment and supply needs of their fire department.
- It costs approximately $8,400 to outfit one firefighter.
2012 Fire Statistics*
- 10,370 (Texas Forest Service (TFS) and local fire departments (FD)
- 841 (TFS)
- 9,529 (FD)
- 140,369 (TFS and FD)
- 54,864 (TFS)
- 85,505 (FD) (Previous records: 3,993,716 acres in 2011 and 2,105,361 acres in 2005-2006.)
- Homes: 60
- Other structures: 719
- Total: 779
- Homes: 2,948
- Other structures: 1,264
- Total: 4,212
*figures shown are from Jan. 1, 2012, to Dec 11, 2012, unless otherwise noted (Source: Texas Forest Service)