In Texas, the drought has destroyed 10% of the forest

In Texas, the drought has destroyed 10% of the forest area Weather and Climate

Over recent years, Texas has experienced a particularly dry summers, accompanied by large fires, in particular, this applies to 2011. According to the Texas Forest Stewardship recent fires have destroyed about 10% of the state forest, or about a billion trees. Considered the largest fires in Bastrop east of Austin, resulting in burned 1.5 million trees and 1,500 houses destroyed.

In winter, it is difficult to assess which trees were killed, and which are at rest after the extraordinary summer heat. Therefore, experts await spring of 2012 to assess the real situation. However, the loss of forest bears further threaten the state. Dead trees will be "fuel" for future kindling fires, and attenuated live trees are at risk in the face of continuing drought.

For people living in the cities, the drought has been less noticeable due to the opportunity to irrigate gardens, while in rural landscapes look depressing. There are cases where animals, including rattlesnakes, making their way to the outskirts of towns and villages in search of food.

Recently, in the northern and central parts of Texas were good rains and snowfall, but experts say the drought has to last for the next 6 months.

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