On Friday, Texas saw 17 new wildfires ignite across the state. On Saturday, 10 were still considered active.

It’s a devastating trend that the Texas A&M Forest Service says isn’t expected to end anytime soon.

“Current conditions are so hot and dry that we expect to experience this wildfire activity for the foreseeable future,” spokeswoman Erin O’Conner said.

O’Conner says more than 6,900 wildfires so far this year have burned nearly 600,000 acres across the state, leaving firefighters little time to rest, even as the heat hit triple digits. makes their work even more dangerous.

” It’s exhausting. Our crews are held to certain fitness standards. And then, with those conditions, it’s something they take into consideration when fire managers make their decisions about fires,” she said.

This involves relying on additional resources. Currently, nearly 1,000 firefighters from 40 different states are on the ground in Texas assisting the Forest Service and the Careers and Volunteer departments.

In some communities, these unpaid local heroes are feeling the pressure. This week, the Possum Kingdom West Volunteer Fire Department asked for donations from the community, saying the fire that tore through Palo Pinto County has strained resources, including two brush trucks that remain. To replace.

Still, with burning bans in place in all but 30 Texas counties, fire crews are standing ready for the worst conditions seen since 2011, when an unprecedented 4 million acres were burned statewide.


“We’re seeing a lot of similarities in terms of conditions, how long our fires last, how long the vegetation across the landscape holds that heat,” O’Conner said.

O’Conner said scattered showers and storms this weekend will do little to help the fire season turn into its worst in more than a decade.