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Texans are encouraged to prepare for wildfires | Texas

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www.thecentersquare.com – By Lauren Scott | – 2023-06-09 00:26:00

(The Center Square) – Texas A&M Forest Service encourages wildfire preparedness as the Texas heat approaches. 

State and local firefighters have responded to more than 1,100 wildfires that have burned almost 40,000 acres statewide since January 2023. Texas faces a great threat of wildfires because of ongoing weeks of dry conditions. 

Homeowners can take a proactive approach to wildfire preparedness to increase their home's likelihood of survival during a catastrophic wildfire event, according to the Forest Service

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“The actions that homeowners take before a wildfire ignites are crucial to reducing structural ignitability and providing a safe environment for firefighters to work,” said Wes Moorehead, A&M Forest Service fire chief. 

Mowing grass, raking away vegetative debris, and pruning trees are examples of being prepared for a wildfire. A full list of guidelines to ensure that a home has the best chance of surviving a wildfire can be found here.

“In Texas, nine out of 10 wildfires are human-caused and preventable,” according to the Texas A&M Forest Service website. “The most common causes of wildfires during the summer months are debris burning and equipment use, which includes parking in dry grass and dragging trailer chains.”

To help prevent a wildfire, do not park on dry grass, never leave a campfire unattended, and dispose of cigarettes in designated containers.

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These are 2024’s top wedding dates

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www.kxan.com – Russell Falcon – 2024-03-02 11:30:00

SUMMARY: 2024 is expected to be a busy year for weddings, with October being the most popular month. The cost of weddings has increased, with specific dates like September 21 and June 22 being the most popular choices. Choosing a wedding date should consider factors like cost fluctuations, guest availability, and local events. Green is becoming a popular color choice for weddings in 2024. Certain dates like August 24, May 23, and June 21 are popular for their numerology, three-day weekends, and astrological significance. Planning a wedding with at least a 15-month engagement period is recommended.

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Shadow Crest Street attempted robbery: Several masked, armed suspects shoot 2 men in targeted ambush in SW Houston

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abc13.com – Jiovanni Lieggi – 2024-03-02 09:40:23

SUMMARY: Several armed robbery suspects targeted two homes in southwest Houston, shooting two people. A 21-year-old man and his girlfriend noticed an unknown black SUV parked in front of their driveway and people hiding in the bushes. The man was hit in the back as they tried to leave. Another family unloading groceries was held at gunpoint, with the father being shot in the foot. The suspects tried to force the family inside but fled after the injured man fought back. The man shot is in critical condition. The suspects fled the scene and there were no additional injuries reported.

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Why do we vote on Tuesdays?

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www.kxan.com – Jordan Connell – 2024-03-02 09:00:53

SUMMARY: Since 1845, Americans have voted in federal elections on the Tuesday following the first Monday in November, a tradition established for the convenience of farmers who made up most of the workforce at the time. This allowed them time to travel to the polls without conflicting with market days or church on Sundays. Primary elections for state positions are also typically held on Tuesdays. While modern Americans may find voting on a workday inconvenient, options such as early voting and mail-in ballots are available in many states. Efforts to make Election Day a federal holiday have not been successful.

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