of the state received above normal rainfall this year, helping to suppress
fires and increase the moisture level—also increasing the amount of grass or
fuels coupled with dry weather normally causes concern during the winter months
since this combination supports significant fire activity, helping spread
wildfires quickly across grassy areas. Although we have more fuels, we don’t have the dry
weather which reduces the threat.
El Niño conditions may hinder wildfires this season. El Niño is a weather cycle
that occurs every three to five years. It deviates from normal surface
temperatures, causing warmer temperatures and wetter-than-average conditions
El Niño in place, precipitation chances are expected to increase during the
winter months. This would help limit wildfires this season,” Tom Spencer,
Texas A&M Forest Service predictive services department head
said. “However, with the surge of grass growing in the plains regions of
the state, there could be opportunities for an o...more >>
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