After a wildfire season in 2011 that saw the Texas Forest Service and fire departments across the state respond to more than 30,000 fires that burned nearly four million acres, both local and statewide officials are beginning to think East Texas may be less susceptible to blazes in the coming months.

Meteorologists at the National Weather Service in Shreveport predicted in December 2011 that severe drought conditions would continue in East Texas through the early summer months of this year, but through the first quarter of 2012 Angelina County has received more than 17 inches of rainfall — the most it has seen in a decade.