The need for hay is creating an easy target for people who want to cash in on the hot commodity.
Preliminary estimates from the Texas Forest Service show the year-long drought in Texas may have claimed as many as 500 million trees.
Dry brush creates a perfect fuel for wildfires, and officials are urging people to get rid of it now.
Emergency measures to help keep water flowing in Groesbeck
A $270 million water pipeline is in the works to transport water from Lake Texoma directly to a Lake Lavon treatment plant.
Tough water restrictions could hit Dallas much sooner than expected.
The NTMWD expects the severe drought to continue in 2012.
Stage 3 restrictions go into effect Tuesday for all NTMWD cities.
The cooler fall weather is driving people outdoors to spruce up their yards.
The North Texas Municipal Water District is moving to Stage 3 water restrictions again, and members are on notice, a 30 percent rate increase may be necessary in 2012.