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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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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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Wildfires Burn – No Relief in Sight

Adding to the more than 3.5 million acres that have burned in Texas this year, a relentless string of wildfires has burned more than 14 thousand acres in nine east Texas counties since the weekend.

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Jasper Wildfire Grows to 1000 Acres

You just thought the wildfires were behind us.  A new fire in northern Jasper County has grown to a thousand acres, and a second fire in the same area is big and growing.  The good news is that firefighters say the bigger fire is mostly contained -- for now.

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Forest Service Shows Landowners How to Restore Burned Land

The Texas Forest Service is stepping up to help east Texas landowners whose property has been burned in recent wild fires.  TFS will hold a free workshop next week on how that land can be restored.

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Firefighters Give Thanks for the Rain, But Much More is Needed

Firefighters working record breaking fires in several east Texas counties say the rain that fell yesterday and overnight is a godsend, and they're thankful, but much more rain is needed because the fires are still out of control in many areas.

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