ABILENE (Abilene Reporter-News)
– Dry mud cracks have formed and vegetation is brittle in Texas. All it
would take to start a raging wildfire is one little spark.

That’s why 193 of the state’s 254 counties have issued burn bans in
recent weeks, during what county officials statewide are calling one
of the worst droughts in the past 100 years.

Since November, the Texas Forest Service and fire departments from around
the state have responded to 11,362 fires that have burned a reported 2.8
million acres.

Officials urge residents to observe burn bans and restrictions,
especially with the July 4th holiday just around the corner.