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FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) -- The devastating Texas wildfire season has now been going on for a year, and there's no end in sight.

A few fires have flared up recently -- unlike the numerous massive blazes this spring and summer.

But the Texas Forest Service says more large fires are expected this winter because of the ongoing drought. So officials are not declaring an end to the wildfire season that started Nov. 15, 2010.

Blazes statewide have destroyed nearly 4 million acres, more than 2,900 homes and left 10 people dead in the past year.

Agency spokeswoman April Saginor says the dates of the Texas fire season dates vary each year.

Another devastating season ran from April 2005 through September 2006. But the 2008 and 2009 seasons each lasted less than a calendar year.

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