Firefighting Crews Expand As Wildfire Threat Looms

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CBS-As the landscape slowly dries up, the Texas Forest Service is quickly manning up. About a mile from the LaGrange Town Square, firefighting crews from Louisiana and Arizona have rolled in to lend a helping hand.

One spot, just east of Bastrop, got a brief reprieve after a recent afternoon shower. But the storms also bring lightning strikes and with winds starting to pick up again, the fire threat also increases.

Twenty three different states have sent about 100 fire crews to Texas
providing extra fire fighting resources. More are expected as more hot days are forecasted. In between fire runs, the crews spend time doing storm supply inventory.

Researchers at Texas A&M University say nine central Texas counties are experiencing their worst drought in history.