According to reports, conditions in the state of Texas have been extremely conducive to wildfires for the past year. Further, officials say there appears to be no end in sight. Currently, authorities around the state are preparing for future large blazes which could ignite anywhere across the drought stricken state during the winter months.
Authorities stress that despite the recent lull in fire activity throughout Texas, a very substantial threat of future fires remains. The Texas Forest Service reports that it has no immediate plans to declare an end to the current wildfire season which began on November 15, 2011.
According to representative of the Texas Forest Service Tom Spencer, “[t]his year is a little harder to call (for an ending point) because we’re still picking up some fire calls daily.” Further, Texas Forest Service officials say they are expecting some large fires this winter and next spring because of dead trees and pastures across the bone-dry state. However, sources say that the Texas Forest Services budget is not affected by the exact start and end date of wildfire season.
Reportedly, the last wildfire season to last for more than a year was during April 2005 through September 2006. Those blazes charred about 2 million acres, left 12 people dead and destroyed more than 400 homes. But the 2008 and 2009 seasons each lasted less than a calendar year, according to Texas Forest Service records.
However, sources say in the past year, wildfires statewide have destroyed nearly 4 million acres and more than 2,900 homes, killing 10 people. During the 2011 wildfire season, out of control blazes even scorched land in areas which typically receive enough precipitation to prevent such disasters. Reportedly, this past spring, various firefighting crews battled what turned out to be seven of the 10 largest wildfires in state history. Reportedly, one was a 315,000-acre blaze in three West Texas counties that narrowly missed the Fort Davis Historic Site, a frontier Army cavalry fort, and the McDonald Observatory, a top astronomical research facility. According to reports, fires twice scorched Possum Kingdom Lake, a picturesque community 75 miles west of Fort Worth, destroying about 160 homes in April and another 40 homes four months later. Further, sources say after fires burned throughout the summer across parts of mostly rural Texas, a Labor Day weekend wildfire destroyed more than 1,500 homes in Bastrop County.
Authorities say September 2010 to 2011 was the driest 12 months on record in the state, and weather experts say the historic dry spell will grip Texas well into 2012. Accordingly, Texas Forest Service officials say they cannot determine how long the wild fire threat will last.
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