Jim Pinter packs his car as he evacuates his home at the Wallow Fire in Alpine, Ariz, Thursday, June 2, 2011.
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Fire and rain: Fed scientists point to wild April
According to the Texas Forest Service, across the state more than 4,200 square miles have been burned by more than 10,500 fires since Nov. 15. Since the TFS began tracking fire damage in 1985, six of the 10 largest fires have occurred in 2011, including the massiveRock House fire in Presidio and Jeff Davis counties. That fire, the third largest in TFS records, burned 491 square miles in April and May, while three fires in Brewster County which have burned a combined 331 square miles.
Comment by Adamantine:
Wildfires are increased in some areas of drought. The month of June is yet young.
PS: Now is a good time to buy meat in the US.
Across Texas some ranchers, faced with no hay crop, have opted to reduce the size of their herds rather than pay up to $2 a day per head to truck-in feed. In West Texas, Wight said he’s seen people, including himself, selling the least robust of their herdBecause people are shedding unneeded mouths to feed, Stakely said, the livestock markets are nearly choked with cattle.
If substantial rain doesn’t come later in the summer, Wight said many ranchers will probably liquidate their herds and start again next year.