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UPDATE: East Texas farmers irritated by dry conditions

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POSTED: Wednesday, December 15, 2010 - 7:14pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, December 15, 2010 - 7:31pm

Experts say 85% of the state is between abnormally dry and in extreme drought.

KETK meterologist Katie Green says last year the drought didn't start until November.  This year it started in August.  That's why it's so much worse this year.

In recent weeks, numerous grass fires have kept East Texas fire departments busy.

Local farmer Joey Stanger says the amount of damage done to a farm because of fire depends on the size of its trees.

He says if they're less than about 15-20 years old, then you could have a total kill if you do have a fire.

It effects his planting as well.

"If we have too much dry weather, then we can't plant our trees, cause the survival rate will be very poor," Stanger said.

Today was a high risk day for fire danger around East Texas because of high winds blowing across the area on top of the dry conditions.

UPDATE: Grass fire approaches Noonday Blue Store
Grass fire burns in 2 East Texas counties
Noonday fire officials respond to grass fire behind Blue Store

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