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Preparing for Summer wildfire season

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Texas - As the Summer wildfire season nears, state officials are asking for more resources to help them prepare.

To help the Texas A&M Forest Service handle massive wildfires within the next few months, the agency is pushing for more funding.

They're asking the state for $27.2 million, which would go toward hiring nearly 90 firefighters across the state and buying equipment.

The agency is also hoping the $32.6 million in grant money that was cut in 2011 will be restored.

That money would help train, equip and insure volunteer fire departments in Texas.

Most of the Texas panhandle is currently at a high risk for fire danger and 20 counties still have an established burn ban.

So far this year, about 157,000 acres have burned across the state.

The severity of the Summer wildfire season will largely depend on rainfall over the next two months.

It typically begins in July and runs through mid-September.

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