While the humidity has gone up, and the winds have died down in some of the fire-ravaged areas of Texas, firefighters are still working very hard to contain the blazes while they can before the wind and dry weather return late on Monday. Keep in mind that it’s only April, and fire season has a long way to go.
According to a Reuter’s new article this morning, “Texas firefighters race against clock to beat fires,” by Jim Forsythe, the recent rain wasn’t enough to wet the ground in some places, but the rain storms may have done their own brand of mischief. (At least there was some good news about the PK fire, see below:)
Seeds of more fires may have already been sown by lightning that accompanied the storms, said David Boyd, a spokesman for the Texas Forest Service.
“It’s not uncommon for the lightning to hit, and it doesn’t necessarily start a fire right away,” Boyd said. “It will kind of sit there, smolder there,” Boyd said.
But more favorable weather conditions have allowed fire fighters to push the PK Complex fire, which has destroyed more than 150 homes, to about 50 percent contained, or twice the amount of containment reported on Saturday.
Webb said there is no longer any visible fire in the PK Complex blaze, which has destroyed 147,000 acres. That estimate was lowered by the U.S. Forest Service from more than 230,000 acres previously reported after completion of an updated aerial GPS survey of the region.
As the fire recedes, the full extent of the damage done to prime Texas cattle grazing country by the raging wildfires will become more clear.
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