Last Fed Team Managing Wildfires Leaves West Texas

MIDLAND, Texas (AP) - The federal and out-of-state reinforcements that helped fight last month's destructive West Texas wildfires are standing down and leaving the state.

On Wednesday, the last of the federal incident management teams that helped fight the so-called Trans-Pecos Complex of wildfires will hand command of the region's wildfire response back to the
Texas Forest Service. Then, the Southern Area Type 2 Team will begin packing up to leave the Midland County Annex in Midland that had served as their command post.

The move comes after all of the region's major wildfires have been contained, leaving only small fires that can be handled by local firefighters.

Firefighters from 42 states worked to battle the fires that scorched hundreds of thousands of acres and destroyed dozens of West Texas homes.