Texas Forest Service
Wildlife officials are working on restoring Bastrop State Park, where historic wildfires claimed 95 percent of the trees one year ago. But it will take plenty of manpower, time and money.
Texas Forest Service officials say last year’s devastating Bastrop County wildfire has shown that the vegetation-free area around a home should extend beyond the long-accepted recommendation of 30 feet.
A forestry expert said that the 2011 Texas drought weakened trees, but was likely not why millions of them died. Environmental factors already stressed the trees that did not survive.
They’re an accident waiting to happen: Dying and dead trees standing yards, near homes, driveways, even your neighbor’s house.
Texas drought conditions have improved this year, but the Texas Forest Service said that Fourth of July revelers should still practice caution with fireworks.
Several brush fires had already erupted before the unofficial start to summer: Memorial Day. For firefighters the dry conditions are coming too soon.
The Texas Forest Service has started a more specific drought count to determine how many trees died from last year’s devastating dry spell. The survey will take two months.
An evacuation order for a rustic residential development threatened by a West Texas wildfire has been lifted after firefighters were able to ring the fire with a containment line.
An official said that a wildfire threatening a rugged West Texas resort has not crossed the lines built to stop it, and firefighters are making progress.
Specialists have been summoned to reinforce the fire line guarding a remote West Texas resort development from an approaching wildfire.
It’s been seven months since wildfires claimed 34,000 acres of forest and grasslands in and around the Central Texas community of Bastrop.
Texans will be armed with a new Internet tool this wildfire season that will help spot their wildfire risk and how to respond to it.
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