The Dallas fire department has declared a “waterproof” day for firefighters after a major blaze erupted in the downtown core Thursday.
The department said it was using the day to test its equipment and ensure it was waterproof.
The fire started in the Warehouse District, where people congregated during the height of the city’s homeless crisis.
About 2,500 firefighters battled the blaze for nearly five hours.
The blaze also destroyed a historic building that once housed a popular barbershop.
The DFD declared a statewide water emergency in anticipation of a major rainstorm that was expected to arrive overnight.
The weather forecast is for dry weather and winds of at least 30 mph, according to meteorologists.
The National Weather Service issued a weather alert Thursday morning that warned of high winds and gusty winds.
Weather forecasters said there could be flooding and mudslides in the area.