Montgomery Fire Firefighter, Reed Griffith crosses the fire south of Todd Mission, Texas in Waller County on Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2011. Firefighters gained ground Wednesday against one of the most destructive wildfires in Texas history even as the number of homes lost reached almost 800, and an elite search team set out to find any victims in the smoking ruins. (AP Photo/Houston Chronicle, Mayra Beltran) MANDATORY CREDIT
Forestry experts say some trees killed as thousands of acres were blackened by East Texas wildfires have a new use.
The Texas Forest Service on Wednesday reported that more than a third of the nearly 36 million cubic feet of timber killed since June in Grimes, Jasper, Trinity and Polk counties has been salvaged.
The agency says the timber, collected through August, will be used to produce up to $110 million worth of forest products like homes, furniture and paper.
Agency official Burl Carraway said logging contractors, foresters and forest owners worked together to mitigate the timber losses.
The Texas Forest Service last month reported East Texas had lost nearly 208,000 acres of timber to wildfires since last November.