Andy Holloway, Texas AgriLife Extension agent, Hemphill County, shows new growth in rangeland near Canadian, Texas.
Bare soil remains in sandy locations months after wildfires scorched nearly 2 million acres in Texas, Kansas and Oklahoma.
Blooms on weeds, forbs and other plants indicate that vegetation is beginning to recover on burned rangeland in the Texas High Plains.
Brittle, burned plum limbs did not recover from wildfires.
Burned plum bushes stand in contrast to green vegetation taking hold after devastating prairie fires.
Fence repair will take a long time and will cost ranchers tens of thousands of dollars to bring pastures back to pre-fire status.
A fire map shows where wildfires burned across Hemphill County, Texas. County Extension agent Andy Holloway points to one of the hardest hit sections of the county.
Grassland recovery is underway in Hemphill county, Texas, thanks to some timely rainfall. Ranchers hope to have cattle back on pasture by fall.
Hemphill County Judge George Briant, left, and County Agent Andy Holloway helped organize relief efforts following the March wildfires
Lincoln Rader is all smiles as his dad, Justin, multi-tasks while discussing the March wildfires. Justin lost only two head from the fire but had to move or sell a large part of his herd because he did not have enough grazing left.
A palm-like plant was burned to the soil line in the wildfire but shows signs of recovery.
A row of burned fence posts remains in front of replacements. Repairing and replacing fencing will be one of the most expensive and time-consuming challenges wildfire victims will face as they prepare to restock
Sandy spots will be longer recovering from wildfire damage. Root systems are shallower and likely suffered more damage from the intense heat.
Sandy soils still show some bare spots as vegetation begins to come back following wildfire.
Unscathed areas of rangeland in Hemphill County show the capricious nature of the fire. Several towns, including Canadian, were threatened but suffered little damage.
Wildfire destroyed thousands of miles of fencing across the Southern Plains in early March. Recovery will be time-consuming and expensive.