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County Judge Ed Emmett
Director
Regional Joint Information Center Letterhead

For Immediate Release

September 6, 2011

Magnolia Fire Final Update (Tues.-1100)

Harris County EOC Returning to Level 3

(Harris County, TX) -- The Harris County Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management’s (HCOHSEM) Emergency Operation Center (EOC) is returning to Level 3 – Increased  Readiness* and will continue to monitor wildfire and drought conditions. 

The wildfire burning in Montgomery, Grimes, and Waller counties is currently not a threat to Harris County.

HCOHSEM, the Harris County Fire Marshal's Office (HCFMO) and the Harris County Sheriff's Office (HCSO) will continue to monitor this incident during the day.

Residents may see and smell smoke in the air today. HCOHSEM urges commuters to take extra caution on the highways. Smoke may stay low to the ground, obscuring roadways and traffic signs.

If you encounter dense smoke – slow down and prepare to stop.  Activate your emergency flashers to warn vehicles behind you that you have decreased your speed or stopped. Do not turn around until you have checked for oncoming traffic and can turn safely.

For more information on fire danger and advisories, see the Texas Forest Service Web site at: http://texasforestservice.tamu.edu.

*Level 3 - Increased Readiness means hazardous conditions exist but pose no direct or imminent threat to life/property. Increased readiness may require additional agencies to support a response from the Emergency Operations Center, based on the nature of the incident.

Harris County Regional Joint Information Center

Harris County Fire Marshal's Office

National Weather Service 

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