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Deadline for ‘Operation New Fences’ nears




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July 6, 2011 | 3231 views | Post a comment

AUSTIN -- With more than 3 million acres burned, 233 Texas counties under burn bans, and temperatures reaching record highs, fire experts are calling this one of the worst fire seasons in Texas history. According to the Texas Forest Service, six of the 10 largest fires ever recorded in Texas have occurred this year, scorching more than 4,000 miles of ranch fences -- more miles than needed to fence the entire perimeter of Texas. As ranchers begin to rebuild their lives, Texas Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples is encouraging them to apply for assistance available through the Star of Texas Ag Relief (STAR) Fund, according to a June 29 Texas Department of Agriculture press release.  . . .

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