Hunting Season Brings Wildfire Season

Deer hunting season starts tomorrow and Texas Forest Service officials say this also marks the time when the chance for wildfires increases. Houston Public Radio's Laurie Johnson reports.

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Cooler temperatures and increased outdoor activity translates into wildfires. Hundreds, if not thousands, of hunters are heading out to the country this weekend and many of them will be building small fires in the woods. Texas Forest Service Urban District Forester John Warner says this fall there's also a lot of extra vegetation because of the heavy rain season, so wildfires are even more likely.

"We're going to have a lot of people out there in the woods doing warming fires because of the lower humidities, increased wind. Also doing some clearing around their deer stands and stuff, burning some vegetation. So we are going into the weekend with a higher chance of a wildfire happening."

Since last Friday, the Texas Forest Service has already responded to six forest fires across the state. The largest was in Hays County and covered 40 acres. Warner says they're asking people to avoid building fires unless necessary and to make sure all fires are completely put out before leaving a campsite. Laurie Johnson, Houston Public Radio News.

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