Tribpedia: Texas Forest Service

The Texas Forest Service oversees all forest and forestry interests statewide.

The service also handles certain state emergencies; it led the management of the Space Shuttle Columbia recovery in East Texas and provided support in the aftermath of hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Ike. It also has a volunteer rural fire department.

The service was created in 1915 as part of the ...

Slideshow: Bastrop State Park Shows Signs of Rebirth

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Less than a year after a wildfire burned 96 percent of Bastrop State Park’s 6,613 acres, the park is bouncing back. Camping areas and hiking trails have recently reopened, and grass and trees are rising from the once-charred soil. This slideshow illustrates how the park is coming back to life after the fire, which was fueled by a devastating drought.

Officer Roger Dolle, Bastrop State Park's Site Manager, examining a 100 ft. clearing near a road that was previously dominated by Loblolly pines and oaks. The oak trees come back in a bush-like because their roots resisted the heat from the fire more readily than the pines. April 16, 2012.
Officer Roger Dolle, Bastrop State Park's Site Manager, examining a 100 ft. clearing near a road that was previously dominated by Loblolly pines and oaks. The oak trees come back in a bush-like because their roots resisted the heat from the fire more readily than the pines. April 16, 2012.

Slideshow: Bastrop State Park Shows Signs of Rebirth

Less than a year after a wildfire burned 96 percent of Bastrop State Park’s 6,613 acres, the park is bouncing back. Here's a photographic trip through the park, where camping areas and hiking trails having recently reopened.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry, c,  answers question from citizens and the media in Bastrop after his return from a campaign trip to South Carolina on September 5, 2011.
Texas Gov. Rick Perry, c, answers question from citizens and the media in Bastrop after his return from a campaign trip to South Carolina on September 5, 2011.

Will Wildfire Response Burn Perry on the Campaign Trail?

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As Ben Philpott of KUT News and the Tribune reports, Gov. Rick Perry has a reputation of displaying strength in emergencies, but his recent behavior in responding to the Central Texas wildfires has struck some dissonant chords.

The rubble of a house remains after last weeks' wildfire remains untouched on September 9, 2011.
The rubble of a house remains after last weeks' wildfire remains untouched on September 9, 2011.

Dispute Continues Between Texas, Feds on Fire Assistance

Did the federal government drag its feet in providing disaster relief to the victims of the devastating Bastrop County fires? It depends on whom you ask. It's the latest chapter in a dispute between Texas and the feds that began in April. 

Colonel Crow demonstrating practice techniques at the indoor firing range simulator at Camp Swift, Texas.
Colonel Crow demonstrating practice techniques at the indoor firing range simulator at Camp Swift, Texas.

With Wildfire Risk High, Military Alters Training in Texas

As the worst one-year drought in Texas history wears on, officials at some military installations around the state have banned the use of tracer fire and other pyrotechnics. 

A Bastrop resident points to flames as smoke billows over Texas 71 in Bastrop Country during the wildfires on September 5, 2011.
A Bastrop resident points to flames as smoke billows over Texas 71 in Bastrop Country during the wildfires on September 5, 2011.

Texas Politicians Press Feds for Fire Relief Money

Over the past year, Texas has battled wildfires that cover an area larger than the state of Connecticut. It's straining the budgets of both state and local firefighting units, and as the prospect of a multiyear drought looms, wildfire season is in no way over.

The remains of a mobile home lie smoldering in a small subvision east of Bastrop where the wildfire went through earlier in the day on September 6, 2011.
The remains of a mobile home lie smoldering in a small subvision east of Bastrop where the wildfire went through earlier in the day on September 6, 2011.

On the Records: FEMA's Wildfire Spending

As wildfires continue to sweep across the state, the Federal Emergency Management Agency has authorized seven more grants to help Texas manage the flames. Although the figures for the grants given to Texas after June are not yet available, the Tribune has a look at the $3.8 billion FEMA has given Texas to mitigate disasters.

A grocery truck with the Texas "Lone Star" drives east on Texas 71 toward the wildfire east of Bastrop that is burning out of control on September 5, 2011.
A grocery truck with the Texas "Lone Star" drives east on Texas 71 toward the wildfire east of Bastrop that is burning out of control on September 5, 2011.

Fire Crews Straining Amid Devastation in Central Texas

Federal authorities arrived in Bastrop on Tuesday to assist with the wildfires that have killed two, charred more than 30,000 acres and destroyed at least 600 homes. Matt Largey of KUT News reports that the crisis has stretched fire crews to their breaking point.

Gov. Rick Perry (l) gestures toward Sen. Kirk Watson, D-Austin, during his visit to the Senate floor on May 5, 2011.
Gov. Rick Perry (l) gestures toward Sen. Kirk Watson, D-Austin, during his visit to the Senate floor on May 5, 2011.

Wildfire Politics Grip State as Disasters Strike Elsewhere

Gov. Rick Perry has unsuccessfully tried to get a meeting with President Barack Obama, who will be visiting Texas today, to discuss the federal government's denial of a wildfire disaster declaration in Texas, as Ben Philpott of KUT News and the Tribune reports.

Wildfire rages along a mountaintop outside of Alpine early in the morning of April 10, 2011
Wildfire rages along a mountaintop outside of Alpine early in the morning of April 10, 2011

Cornyn, Perry Blast Feds Over Wildfires

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Sen. John Cornyn vowed to "raise Cain" if the federal government's decision not to give Texas extra financial assistance for battling the wildfires hinged on politics. But the feds say that Texas is already getting help.

Wildfire rages along a mountaintop outside of Alpine early in the morning of April 10, 2011
Wildfire rages along a mountaintop outside of Alpine early in the morning of April 10, 2011

Texplainer: What Does It Cost to Fight Texas Wildfires?

As the wildfires have worsened, costs have mounted at a rate of over $1 million per day. The state will pay the majority, though local governments and the feds will also pay a share.

Wildfire rages along a mountaintop outside of Alpine early in the morning of April 10, 2011
Wildfire rages along a mountaintop outside of Alpine early in the morning of April 10, 2011

Wildfires in West Texas Could Creep Eastward

A string of wildfires has charred about 400,000 acres in drought-stricken West Texas. But as Erika Aguilar of KUT News reports, areas further east, also thirsting for water, may be just as vulnerable as the west.

Steve Pollock, Assistant Chief for the Texas Forest Service.
Steve Pollock, Assistant Chief for the Texas Forest Service.

Steve Pollock: The TT Interview

The regional fire coordinator for the Texas Forest Service, near the front lines of a 100,000-acre blaze that swept through Stonewall and King Counties last weekend, says more bad fire weather is on the way later this week.

House Appropriations Committee chairman State Rep. Jim Pitts, R-Waxahachie (r), ponders HB1 the state budget as State Rep. Dwayne Bohac (l) listens on April 1, 2011.
House Appropriations Committee chairman State Rep. Jim Pitts, R-Waxahachie (r), ponders HB1 the state budget as State Rep. Dwayne Bohac (l) listens on April 1, 2011.

The Midday Brief: Top Texas Headlines for April 8, 2011

Your afternoon reading: Budget cut-induced furor; an ongoing controversy at UT; House approval for school board disclosures.

The Texas Forest Service, the lead agency for battling state wildfires, is part of the Texas A&M University system.
The Texas Forest Service, the lead agency for battling state wildfires, is part of the Texas A&M University system.

Slideshow: Fighting Fires in Texas

The Texas Forest Service, the lead agency charged with fighting fires, has had a busy season due to strong winds and drought.