By Tom Randall, Senior Public Safety Advisor, First Responder Network Authority
A dangerous wildfire tore through rural areas of Somervell County, Texas, in July 2022. The Chalk Mountain wildfire’s rapid and unpredictable spread threatened homes and businesses and was fueled by scorching temperatures and drought-like conditions that zapped moisture from vegetation and soil in the area.
The local fire department and sheriff’s office quickly mobilized to tackle the unfolding crisis. However, response was hindered by the rugged terrain and the intensity of the fire, which created issues with maintaining coverage.