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The Judges Fire in Young County in December 2021.Wes Moorehead spent all day Tuesday in the emergency operations center of the Texas A&M Forest Service in College Station, surveying satellite photos of 24 wildfires across the state. Two dozen fires is much higher than average for a February day in Texas, but Moorehead wasn’t surprised. He had foreseen this, since weather conditions Monday were dry and windy, ideal conditions for a burn. Throughout the day, he coolly orchestrated a response to all the active burns, dispatching personnel, aircrafts, fire dozers, and fire engines across the state. It’s been an unusually busy year for Moorehead. Texas has had twice as many fires through mid-February as in an average year. As of February 15, 270 wildfires have burned more than 23,000 acres, both numbers the highest…

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