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U.S. Forest service sees slower burn season after a very wet East Texas spring

Source: KTRE Staff Source: KTRE Staff
LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - According to Jim Crooks with the U.S. Forest service, the East Texas area saw less controlled burns this year than normal.

"The rain has been a benefit for the forests but it has also set us back," Crooks said.

According to Crooks, the Lufkin area team was able to do prescribed burns to about 80,000 acres in both the Davy Crockett National Forest and the Angelina National Forest. Crooks said the team can usually burn around 100,000 acres. Crooks did point out that the Forest Service does not have a set amount of acres they burn each year.

Crooks said the rain will keep the vegetation green for now. However, in the summer that could lead to problems.

"Fire can refresh everything for wildlife habitat, threatened and endangered species, and for fuel reductions," Crooks said. "The vegetation will grow up and make more fuel for the wildfires."

Crooks added that the office will be monitoring the forests throughout the rest of the spring and summer.

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