Did We Get Any Break? 2012 Wildfire Season Begins Today

The science behind the Santa Ana winds

01 December 2011

published by http://www.ktxs.com 

USA — ABILENE, Texas — There’s no change in the fire conditions, but officially the 2011 fire season ended Wednesday and the 2012 fire season opened Thursday.

The only change is the official designation of the Texas Forest Service – not any change in conditions.

Dec. 1 marks the start of the 2012 Texas wildfire season.

The 2011 fire season was the most destructive in the history of the Texas Forest Service.

The destructive 2011 season ran from Nov. 15, 2010 into this year – burning nearly 4 million acres (3,978,201 acres to be precise). This total nearly doubled the number of acres burned of the previous record in Texas: 2.1 million acres in 2005-2006.

There were over 29,000 different fires, and there were 5,725 homes and other structures lost to the flames.

The Texas Forest Service reported that 51,770 homes were saved by the efforts of firefighters statewide.

The largest fire in the Big Country was the Cooper Mountain Ranch fire that scorched 162, 625 acres in Kent County.

The Wildcat Fire in Coke County burned 153,000 acres, and the Possum Kingdom Complex Fire burned 126,000 acres.

The Swenson Fire in Stonewall County consumed 122,000 acres.

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