Experts: Wildfire Season Expected To Be Dangerous

By: Rashi Vats Email
By: Rashi Vats Email

The Texas A&M Forest Service is warning us about the potential for a dangerous wildfire season because of a lack of rain.

Flames spreading across thousands of acres is a site Robert Horton can never forget.

"Your adrenaline is about as high as it can go. You are trying to get this thing out,” said Horton, a Bryan resident.

In 2011 he used his tractor to help fight wildfires near his property in the Brazos County community of Edge.

"I take my front bucket and catch the front end of the fire and kind of smother it out as it goes,” said Horton.

It's been two years since the massive wildfires burned parts of the Brazos Valley, but Horton says the danger is still there.

"A lot of the vegetation hasn't come back, so stuff is still very dry,” said Horton.

The Texas A&M Forest Service agrees.

“We are looking at a fairly active wildfire season if we don't get the rains that we need,” said Linda Moon with the forest service.

Moon says there's been a huge increase in the number of residents calling them to find out how they can protect their property.

A couple of tips include:
- Keep combustibles like firewood, wooden picnic tables, boats, stacked lumber, etc. away from structures.
- Trim trees away from your house, especially if they are more than 15 feet high.

Horton has already started taking precautions.

"On my property I just try to keep as much of it mowed, so if a fire gets out it is very easy to put out,” said Horton.

The forest service encourages property owners to call them so they can evaluate your land for risks that could cause or spread a wildfire.

The Texas A&M Forest Service says they are working with the city of Bryan to identify wildfire risks within the city.


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