What is in this article?:
- Texas fire situation is of â€˜historic proportionsâ€™
- Took hold in October 2010
• The fuels are so dry.
• The winds are astronomical.
• The behavior of the winds is a perplexing situation.
• It's never been like this before.
AccuWeather.com reports in what has been described as being almost the "perfect fire storm," a never-before-seen wildfire situation in Texas has led to the scorching of nearly 1,000,000 acres and destruction of hundreds of homes and buildings.
"This is a situation of historic proportions," said Victoria Koenig, public information officer with the Texas Forest Service, in a phone interview with AccuWeather.com Tuesday. "The fuels are so dry. The winds are astronomical. The behavior of the winds is a perplexing situation. It's never been like this before."
Koenig added, "When you put all the ingredients together, you're getting close to having the 'perfect fire storm'."
Texas is in the midst of one of the worst droughts, in terms of the depth and expanse of drought conditions, since the early 1900s.
Dan Byrd, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Jackson, Miss., said, "This is an unprecedented drought situation (in terms of) how widespread it is and the depth of the drought. We haven't seen anything like this for the state overall since the early 1900s."
According to the latest analysis by the U.S. Drought Monitor on April 12, 2011, the entire state of Texas was experiencing abnormally dry or drought conditions with most areas in a severe to exceptional drought.