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East Texas wildfires: can we stop them?


POSTED: Sunday, August 11, 2013 - 10:46pm

UPDATED: Monday, August 12, 2013 - 8:17am

The summer of 2011 was rough for East Texas. With breaking records of consecutive 100 degree weather, the drought, and worst of all... the flames. With no water to stop the spark, East Texas lit up.

So are the recent flames foreshadowing a dry, burning future? Well... that is up to you. Unlike fires in the past, Texas A&M Forest Service says the majority of fires they are called out to are from people.

"There's been some fires caused by power lines and lightening," said Nathan Carroll, Regional Fire Coordinator. "But the majority is going to be from debris burning."

Although this summer has been less dry than summers past, the forest service says you should still wait until fall to burn.

"Right now the risk of it getting out is extremely high," Carroll said.

The fires are not being controlled properly and they are spreading.

"If at all possible, just wait until the fall season when we start to see some more rain," Carroll said.

TFS also says to prepare your home now for a wildfire, do not wait until you have to.

"Keep it clear of any kind of combustible," Carroll said. "Water your grass a little bit keep it green and growing. Any wooden decks you have, clear out all the old leaves from underneath and stack your wood piles away from your house."

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