Green grass replaces 1 million acres of scorched land in Texas Panhandle

Green grass grows around plants and trees scorched by Smokehouse Creek wildfire on April 3, 2024 near Canadian. “The lands recover faster than the people,” said Janet Guthrie, a Canadian resident who raises cattle in Hemphill Co.


The 1 million acres of Texas Panhandle land scorched by the late February wildfires that spread into western Oklahoma are quickly recovering.

Green grass is popping up on land that had been darkened by the deadly fires that left two people dead along with more than 10,000 head of cattle. Losses are still estimated at $1 billion including $35 million in homes.

The Texas Tribune reports how residents are rebuilding and at the same time making sure sprinklers are running and weeds and grass are being mowed—all in the name of mitigation—making sure such a deadly fire again doesn’t race across the land.

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