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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

Emergency crews drop fire retardent slurry while battling a running wildfire that is threatning homes on April 19, 2011 in Strawn, Texas. (credit: Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

FEMA Wildfires Declaration Now Includes 119 Texas Counties

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has expanded its wildfires disaster declaration area for Texas to include 119 counties.

12/14/2011

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.

Wildfires Reveal A Small Texas Town’s Resilience

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

10/29/2011

Volunteer firefighters work a wildfire near Possum Kingdom Lake on September 1, 2011. (credit: Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

Cause Of 2nd Possum Kingdom Lake Fire Determined

Call it a multi-million dollar spark. Fire investigators have pinpointed the cause of the August/September grass fires at Possum Kingdom Lake.

10/12/2011

Lone Camp Volunteer Fire Department fire fighter Ted Hale fights a wildfire on September 1, 2011 in Graford, Texas. (credit: Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

$152 Million In Ag Losses To Texas Wildfires

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.

09/28/2011

A running wildfire threatens a home on April 19, 2011 in Strawn, Texas. (credit: Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

Weather Change Expected To Increase Wildfire Danger

The Texas Forest Service warns that the arrival of a cold front Sunday afternoon will create more dangerous wildfire conditions across Texas.

09/24/2011

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.

State: Power Line Sparks Likely Caused Central Texas Inferno

Sparks from electric power lines likely started the blaze that became the most destructive wildfire in Texas history, fire officials said Tuesday.

09/20/2011

Firemen work to stop a fire. (credit: Miguel Riopa/AFP/Getty Images)

Ellis County Grass Fire Burns 250 Acres

Fire fighters contained a wildfire that burned 250 acres along Ike Road in Ellis County nearly six hours after it started Tuesday.

09/13/2011

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

Concern Over Forest Service Cuts As Wildfires Rage

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.

09/09/2011

Credit: Susan Barnett

7 Buildings Burned In Lake Whitney Fire

A Thursday afternoon grass fire destroyed seven buildings and burned 300 acres in Hill County.

09/08/2011

Haze from wildfires is seen blanketing an oil field. (credit: Dimas Ardian/Getty Images)

Breathing Problems Caused By Smoky, Dry, Dirty Air

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.

09/07/2011

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