Inside The Fire Line

Images From The Smokehouse Creek Fire – The Largest Wildfire In Texas History

Texas A&M AgriLife responds to community needs alongside volunteers and other agencies in support of the Texas Panhandle

Wildfires that ripped across the Texas Panhandle left in their wake destroyed homes, blackened earth, downed power lines and wandering livestock. But also, an outpouring of support that arrived by the truckloads in the form of hay, feed and fencing materials in addition to warehouses full of supplies for families who lost their homes. Personnel from the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and the Texas A&M Forest Service are on the front lines with volunteers to serve and support in the aftermath of the largest wildfire in Texas history.

The Smokehouse Creek Fire, which started in Hutchinson County, burned a total of 1,075,000 acres and has been declared as the largest in Texas history. And, it was only one of multiple fires that threatened homes and livelihoods in the past week.

For information on how to support ongoing Texas Panhandle relief efforts, visit tx.ag/WildfireRelief

2024 Texas Panhandle Wildfire Relief Resources

The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service is working through our Extension county agents and Disaster Assessment & Recovery Unit, DAR, to help the residents of the Texas Panhandle who sustained losses as a result of the wildfires beginning February 26, 2024.

Wildfire Relief for the Texas Panhandle is being coordinated through a combination of local and state resources. Our agency will continue to make regular updates to the list of local agricultural resources and contacts below.

Additionally, our agency is coordinating with county judges and local emergency management officials to vet and designate county-specific resources for monetary donations/gifts.

For general questions about AGRICULTURE needs and supply deliveries, please call 806.354.5800 from 8a-5p.

Supplies Needed

Thank you to those who are willing and able to donate the following items:

  • Hay
  • Feed
  • Fence Supplies
  • Cow Feed
  • Wildlife Feed (added item)

Supply Points for Livestock Feed and Ranch Supplies

East Location

Clyde Carruth Pavilion
301 Bull Barn Drive
Pampa, TX 79065
Contact: Marcus Preuninger
Office: 806.669.8033

North Location

Canadian AH&N Ranch Supply
100 Hackberry Trail
Canadian, TX 79014
Contact: Andy Holloway
Office: 806.323.9114

West Location

Hutchinson Animal Supply Point
407 Industrial Blvd
Borger, TX 79007
Contact: Hanna Conner
Office: 806.878.4026

Courtesy of Texas A&M AgriLife
Texas A&M AgriLife photo by Sam Craft


Animal Movement Emergency Waivers Offered Amidst 2024 Texas Panhandle Wildfires

The Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) coordinated with the state veterinarian offices in Oklahoma and New Mexico to facilitate a waiver of animal movement documentation for livestock producers, amidst the 2024 Texas Panhandle wildfire situation.

Animal owners or producers conducting emergency evacuation of livestock animals to neighboring states should call the TAHC program records department, 512-719-0777, to register animal movement across state lines. Throughout this emergency situation, resources to gain proper documentation may not be available, and the safety of those involved is the top priority. Please call and provide as much of the following information in order to help ensure a swift and secure process crossing state borders.

Producer

  • Name
  • Address
  • Phone number

Livestock

  • Species
  • Number of head

Movement Information

  • Date of movement
  • Origin address

Destination Information

  • Destination owner name and contact number, if possible
  • Destination address

Easing the burden of those affected by the wildfires are at the forefront of these efforts. The generous support and understanding from surrounding state animal health officials is greatly appreciated. Please call the TAHC, 512-719-0700, with any questions regarding this process, and visit the TAHC website for additional resources and information related to animal response during this event.

Courtesy of Texas Animal Health Commission