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Weather Change Expected To Increase Wildfire Danger

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COLLEGE STATION (AP) – The Texas Forest Service warns that the arrival of a cold front Sunday afternoon will create more dangerous wildfire conditions across Texas.

The agency said in a statement that warm temperatures, dry air and gusty winds will push through ahead of the front, resulting in extremely critical conditions. The conditions will be made worse by the drought, which has left an overabundance of dried and dead vegetation.

Areas at risk include parts of the Hill Country, Central Texas, upper South Texas, lower North Texas, the Rolling Plains and central East Texas.

Since wildfire season started on Nov. 15, 2010, officials say firefighters have responded to 23,519 fires that have burned almost 3.8 million acres and destroyed 2,742 homes. They say another 34,756 homes have been saved by firefighting efforts.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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