Fire danger increasing as a scorching 100° heat wave begins

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It's official: Drought is back in Texas, and it's developing right over the Houston area.

It's official: Drought is back in Texas, and it's developing right over the Houston area.

Moderate drought conditions now cover parts of Brazoria, Galveston, Fort Bend, Matagorda, Polk, San Jacinto, and Wharton counties. It's abnormally dry everywhere else and only going to worsen, says meteorologist Travis Herzog.

"A 100 heat wave starts today in Houston, and it will continue for at least the next 7 days, drying out the ground and increasing the fire danger," says Herzog.

New burn bans are in effect for Waller and Wharton counties, and more counties are likely to declare burn bans with no rain relief in sight.

This is a remarkable turnaround for Texas after the opening six months of 2015 were the wettest on record for the Lone Star state.
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