Wildfires cost Texas agriculture nearly $200 million

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Agricultural losses from wildfires in Texas this year are approaching $200 million, increasing the toll for the state’s worst year of drought and fires, the Texas AgriLife Extension Service at Texas A&M University said Monday.

The service reported that losses topped $150 million but updated that figure later in the day after new data on timber losses came in, said Andy Vestal, a specialist with the service. Timber losses, earlier estimated at $48.1 million, were increased to $97 million.

The weekend rains were welcome, “but we’re so far behind,” Vestal said. “And without a change in the local weather pattern, they’re still projecting a very dry, ongoing winter. That doesn’t look too prosperous for any of us.”

Extension economist David Anderson’s estimates include destroyed fences and agricultural buildings, the lost value of grazing, lost livestock and the stumpage value of destroyed timber.

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