The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has approved funds to help battle two large wildfires in West Texas that have been burning for more than a week. The request for the funds came from the state. The approval means FEMA funds can pay 75 percent of eligible state and local costs for fighting the wildfires.
The Texas Forest Service says two fires at the Livermore Ranch Complex have burned over 24,000 acres. The complex is nearly two hundred miles southeast of El Paso.
The bigger of the two fires is near the Davis Mountain Resort, where about 150 residents live. That fire was said to be about 30 percent contained as of this morning.
Last week the Forest Service unveiled a new online tool that allows users to find the wildfire risk in their area. You can view it here.