Texas hopeful for another quiet wildfire season
(AP) - Texas has made it through the spring wildfire season without any significant outbreaks. And authorities don't expect the summer season to bring a slew of massive blazes, either.
The grasslands and shrubs that fueled the historic wildfires in 2011 haven't grown back yet, so the ferocity of any blazes this year aren't expected to approach those levels. The wildfires two years ago killed 10 people, burned 4 million acres and destroyed 4,000 homes.
No wildfire season was declared last year due to ample rain. This year intermittent rainfall has kept the fire threat low across most of Texas, but if rains don't fall in the next couple months the state could see wildfires threats rise by mid-July.
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