2011 Wildfire Season Worst in Texas History

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- Last year's wildfire season was the worst in Texas history.

The Texas Forest Service says wildfires destroyed nearly 4 million acres and 4,000 homes and other structures. Ten people died.

The agency recently declared Oct. 31 as the end of the 2011 season after going back to study fire activity and weather. The season started in mid-November 2010.

Two months ago officials said the season could drag on until spring, because large blazes could ignite anywhere across the drought-stricken state.

But Thursday state fire officials said November rainfall turned out to be more widespread than expected.

The state's longest wildfire season was from April 2005 through September 2006, when blazes charred about 2 million acres and left 12 people dead.

The 2012 Texas wildfire season hasn't started yet.

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