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Forest Service Urges Us To Report Arson Wildfires

Heading into the long Memorial Day weekend -- the unofficial start of another hot and dry summer — the Texas Forest Service is begging us to be careful with cookouts, campfires and any outdoor burning.

TFS also wants people to be especially watchful for arsonists deliberately starting fires and report them to law enforcement.

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Forest Service Surveys Drought Destruction

The Texas Forest Service has estimated that last year's drought killed hundreds of millions of trees, but those are only educated guesses.  Now the agency is launching a more scientific survey that will provide a much more accurate picture of the destruction the drought left behind.

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Rains Mean Drought is Over — For Now

Foresters at the Texas Forest Service say they have good news and bad news.  The good news is that because of an unusually wet winter and spring, the worst drought in the state's history has finally ended, in east Texas.

The bad news is that many areas of the state are primed for another hot and dry summer.  Wildfire season is just around the corner, and the state and federal agencies that deal with wildfires are getting ready for it.

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Drought Kills Half a Billion Texas Trees

The Texas Forest Service reports the unrelenting Texas drought has killed as many as 500 million mature trees -- 10 percent of the state's entire forest cover -- and the end is not in sight.

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Joe Raedle, Newsmakers
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Fire Danger Continues Despite Cooler Weather

The Texas Forest Service and local fire departments say despite the cooler weather, and a little rain here and there, the state's high fire danger hasn't gone away.

Here in east Texas, conditions are dry as they've ever been, and the bans on outdoor burning are still in effect.

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Groveton Man Indicted for Starting Trinity County Wildfires

A Trinity County grand jury has indicted a man on charges of setting three separate fires in forest land in August and September.

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East Texas Forest Economy Takes Huge Hit from Wildfires

We've known for some time that this year's wildfire season has been the worst in the state's history, but now we know what that means in dollars and cents for the east Texas timber industry.

The Texas Forest Service reports over the last 10 months, east Texas wildfires have wiped out more than $97 million worth of the region’s trees.

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TFS Says Crooks Use Drought Fears to Cheat Landowners

The Texas Forest Service says scam artists are using extreme drought conditions and a tough economy to swindle landowners into making bad deals on timber sales.

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