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Emergency crews battle a running wildfire that is threatning a home on April 19, 2011 in Strawn, Texas. (credit: Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

Feds Say Prepare For Another Busy Fire Season

The chief of the U.S. Forest Service says he expects this year’s fire season to be as active as last year, when historic fires charred hundreds of square miles in Texas, Arizona, New Mexico and elsewhere.

04/26/2012

The wall of smoke during the Bastrop County wildfire in September.

Rain Hoped To Limit 2012 East Texas Wildfire Risk

State foresters are hoping that recent rains will limit the 2012 wildfire risk in East Texas, where drought factored in several disastrous fires last year.

04/15/2012

Near Jupiter Rd. and Walnut this afternoon.  City officials came and cut the tree and cleaned up - Phyllis and Jim Hilliard,
Garland

Drought Followed By Heavy Rains Killing Older Trees Across Texas

The large oak tree in Margaret Kliever’s front yard has likely made it through a century of Spring storms, but it wasn’t strong enough to withstand Monday’s wind or Tuesday’s rain.

03/21/2012

Emergency crews battle a running wildfire that is threatning a home on April 19, 2011 in Strawn, Texas. (credit: Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

$4 Million In Donations After Central Texas Wildfires

Parts of Central Texas devastated by wildfires have benefited from more than $4 million in donations and the help of volunteers rebuilding homes.

03/07/2012

Firefighters from the Coppell Fire Department hit hot spots ion a burned down house with water, as they work the wildfires in Bastrop, Texas on September 7, 2011.

Collin County Fire Departments Training To Help Fight Wildfires

March 1 is the start of wildfire season, and firefighters this year are determined to get the upper hand after a devastating 2011.

03/01/2012

Wild Fire Spreads Across West Texas

Burning Scheduled At Park In Grand Prairie

Officials in Grand Prairie are warning that smoke could make driving hazardous on some major highways because of a prescribed burn at a park.

02/21/2012

A file photo shows the sun shining on a hot day. (credit: Ian Waldie/Getty Images)

Study Finds Texas Drought Killed 5.6 Million Trees

Experts say the 2011 Texas drought has killed about 5.6 million trees in urban areas. The Texas Forest Service offered the preliminary estimate on Tuesday.

02/15/2012

Texas Gets $31M HUD Grant For Wildfires Recovery

The federal government has earmarked $31 million for Texas wildfires recovery.

01/20/2012

U.S. Forest Service firefighter Erik Rodriguez battles a running wildfire on April 19, 2011 in Strawn, Texas. (credit: Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

Funding Cuts Felt By Texas Volunteer Firefighters

The director of the Texas Forest Service says budget cuts that slashed annual state grants for volunteer firefighters by $18 million since 2009 have had “a huge impact” on fighting wildfires.

01/17/2012

The wall of smoke during the Bastrop County wildfire in September.

Winter Weather Special: Wildfire Threat Still Lingers

Despite seeing rain in December, the historic drought still persists. If there’s a silver lining to the drought, it’s that less grass and foliage grew in 2011, fueling the threat of wildfires in the region.

01/07/2012

The sign on a fireworks stand. (credit: David McNew/Getty Images)

State Allowing Some New Year’s Fireworks Sales

Recent rain across most of North Texas and East Texas allowed New Year’s revelers to buy and use fireworks. But the Texas Forest Service cautioned that the lifting of burn bans doesn’t mean Texans can go overboard with fireworks this year.

12/31/2011

(Photo credit Kent Chapline, CBSDFW.COM)

Drought Killed 500 Million Texas Trees In 2011

State foresters say we lost nearly 10 percent of the tree population.

12/20/2011

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