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Central Texas at risk for more wildfires

POSTED: Tuesday, March 1, 2011 - 8:39am
UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 8:54am

In just one week, Texas Forest Service responded to 63 wildfires, 21 of which happened on Sunday and burned over 120 acres of land.

Officials say, "lots of times when we have the weather conditions that we have now, with prevailing higher winds with lower humidities, then that just lands itself to having a lot of fire activity in the state."

144 Texas Counties have issued burn bans. Central Texas warning areas include Bosque, Lampassas, Coryell, Hamilton and Bell County. These fires are not only due to debris burning, but fire officials say "welding can cause fires, parking your vehicle in tall grass can cause fires, so any heat source could be a source for a wildfire."

They say avoid burning all together. If you do need to burn debris, make sure the space is big enough and you have enough resources to put it out. Another way to prevent these fires is always putting out cigarettes before flicking them out the car window.

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