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.
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.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency has expanded its wildfires disaster declaration area for Texas to include 119 counties.
For all of the things the wildfires burned away – the homes, the pickups, the memories, the forest – the people who lost the most seem determined to focus on what they didn’t lose
Call it a multi-million dollar spark. Fire investigators have pinpointed the cause of the August/September grass fires at Possum Kingdom Lake.
Enough fence to cross Texas from east to west nearly seven times, more than 1,500 head of livestock and swaths of pasture nearly twice the area of Delaware have burned in Texas wildfires this year.
The Texas Forest Service warns that the arrival of a cold front Sunday afternoon will create more dangerous wildfire conditions across Texas.
Sparks from electric power lines likely started the blaze that became the most destructive wildfire in Texas history, fire officials said Tuesday.
Fire fighters contained a wildfire that burned 250 acres along Ike Road in Ellis County nearly six hours after it started Tuesday.
After dealing with severe budget cuts, some are worried the Texas Forest Service might not be as effective as firefighters battle the worst wildfires in state history.
A Thursday afternoon grass fire destroyed seven buildings and burned 300 acres in Hill County.
The fires across the state are sending a lot of smoke billowing into the air and some of it is drifting into the air we breathe here in North Texas.