Texas is now on day 241 of fire season and it's inching closer to being a record-setting year. Fox 4 reports that firefighters have been dealing with some of the worst wildfire conditions they have seen in years.
The string of triple-digit temperatures and very little rain has made the task of containing wildfires that much more difficult. The Texas A&M Forest Service has responded to more than 7,000 fires this year, burning nearly 630,000 acres. Texas A&M Forest Service's Adam Turner told Fox 4 that this has been the worst fire season that he has seen during his time with Texas A&M Forest Service. Fox 4 says the Forest Service would have to go back a decade or more to see a worse fire season. Turner said in terms of duration, 2005, 2006, and 2012 would be closest to what we are experiencing this year.
According to Fox 4, the Colony Fire is now 100% contained, but there's still work for the firefighters to be done. The firefighters have been doing some extensive mop-up after these fires. Fire season is expected to last for three more months. However, firefighters know they could still be fighting fires. Their focus now is to minimize the damage.
According to Fox 4, firefighters fight the fire, finish their work, and get prepped for the next one, which leads into a waiting game to see when the next fire ignites. Right now Texas A&M Forest Service is not responding to any active wildfires, but Texas firefighters are dealing with 15 fires across the state.