LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Forestry officials say this year's wildfire threat will be highest in only some parts of Texas but even that danger isn't close to what happened three years ago when blazes burned thousands of square miles.
Parts of West Texas remain mired in the three driest stages of drought. That's where fire predictors see the highest threat. Substantial rainfall across the region in late summer grew grasses and brush. Freezing temperatures in recent months cured the vegetation and it's now ripe fuel for wildfires.
The risk is greatest west of a line extending from Wichita Falls southwest across the state to Del Rio.
Texas' wildfire season typically runs from February through April.
2011 was the state's worst wildfire season, consuming more than 2,700 homes and blackening about 6,200 square miles.