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Gov. Abbott issues disaster declaration after Medina County fire burns over 1,000 acres, destroys 3 homes

MEDINA COUNTY, Texas – Gov. Greg Abbott has issued a disaster declaration for Medina County after a big wildfire has burned over 1,000 acres and left some households displaced.

The flames are about 10% contained, no accidents have been reported and no lives have been lost.

But, three homes have been fully destroyed and others are considerably broken, in accordance with Abbott. Thirty seven homes have been saved thus far.

There are at present 119 homes with out energy, both because of fire damages to the homes or harm to the ability traces, the governor mentioned. Crews are working to revive energy as quickly as attainable.

The governor’s disaster declaration will permit for the county to have entry to state resources to assist within the fire response. Gov. Abbott additionally mentioned he’ll request a federal disaster declaration.

However, to ensure that the governor to request the federal declaration, harm assessments will have to be reported.

Residents who’ve been instantly affected by the fire who’ve lost belongings and even their homes might want to report the damages on-line. To report damages, you may go to MedinaCountyTexas.org or Damage.tdem.texas.gov.

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Those who’ve been displaced can discover quickly shelter at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church situated at 13715 Riggs Rd. in Helotes.

Nineteen businesses from a number of areas within the state have been responding to the fire over the course of the final three days. The fire initially started Friday and is believed to have stemmed from a automobile fire.

At final test, the town of Mico is to stay evacuated and Medina County residents who dwell on County Road 2615 between County Road 265 to simply south of Paradise Canyon. This consists of the High Mountain Ranch subdivision.

Fire officers are nonetheless urging residents to have a go-bag prepared of their automobile or by the exit of their residence in case they must evacuate.

The smoke from Medina County shall be seen from San Antonio and will influence the air high quality close to Medina Lake, Bandera, Pipe Creek, Boerne, Comfort and Kerrville, officers say.

Everyone is urged to keep away from the world as firefighters proceed their work to extinguish the flames and comprise them.

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We’ll carry extra updates to this story as they turn out to be obtainable.

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