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Wildfire Smoke in Fort Bend County: Smoke from wildfires throughout Texas affecting air quality

Message from:

Fort Bend County
Office of Emergency Management


The smoke and haze you see in the air over Fort Bend County is from the wildfires elsewhere in the state. There are currently no immediately threatening wildfires in Fort Bend County.

Citizens of Fort Bend County should not be alarmed by the smoke or haze; however, at the same time, citizens should be cognizant of the extreme fire danger that exists in our area at this time.

Precautionary/Preparedness Actions

State health officials urge people to reduce their risk from wildfire smoke by taking the following precautions:

  • Stay indoors or limit outdoor activities as much as possible.
  • Avoid physical exertion.
  • Keep windows and doors of your home shut.
  • If you have air conditioning, run it with the fresh-air intake closed. Set wall units to “re-circulate.”
  • Reduce other sources of indoor air pollution, such as cigarette smoking, burning candles, frying food and using aerosol products or fireplaces.
  • Do not use vacuum cleaners which can stir up dust already inside your home.
  • Keep your airways moist by drinking plenty of water.
  • Consider leaving the area or going to a shelter until smoke conditions improve.
  • Common symptoms of smoke exposure include coughing, scratchy throat, irritated sinuses, shortness of breath, chest pain, headaches, stinging eyes and runny nose.

People should seek medical help if they have symptoms that worsen or become severe. Those without air conditioning should watch for signs of heat exhaustion such as fatigue, nausea, headache and vomiting.

The Fort Bend Education Foundation’s International Festival Goes Live

ifest Live 2011 Committee

Mark your calendars for “iFest Live 2011” International Festival & Vendor Fair scheduled for Saturday, November 5 at Sugar Land Town Square. This fantastic event celebrates the tremendous diversity of cultures in our school district and county by highlighting its many unique traditions, arts, and foods as well as increases awareness for the Foundation and its mission.
In addition to the diverse country booths, the “iFest Live” will be going live this year with country tableaus presented on stage throughout the day showcasing various traditions, culture and modern day accomplishments via music, dance and fashion shows. The wonderful talent of Fort Bend Independent School District (FBISD) students will also be entertaining the audience between tableaus with school group performances.

The international market is a new addition this year too where you will be able to shop for unique cultural items from around the globe.

Any individuals, country groups or vendors interested in representing their country should contact the Fort Bend Education Foundation at 713.634.1110 or Booths are limited and will be assigned on a first-come basis.

For more information regarding the foundation, visit


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