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More fires, droughts in Hays County according to study

HAYS COUNTY, Texas (KXAN) – Hays County is likely to experience more fires, drought and higher temperatures in the coming decades, climatologists say.

Some residents, like Kathy Coyle, said they were already feeling the effects.

On Monday, she was greeted by an unexpected surprise: a flickering light on the well pump.

“It upset me,” Coyle said.

The last time she saw him was a few months ago, when his well ran dry. She was unsure of the condition as she said there appeared to be water.

But the thought of him drying out again worries Coyle.

“I’m in the shower and I’m like, ‘Is it going to run out now? Should I wash my hair now? “Says Coyle.

According to climate projections for Hays County, these problems are expected to persist.

Hays County Judge Ruben Becerra asked for climate models for the next few decades. Heiko Stang helped analyze the data collected.

This indicates the risk of more drought, higher temperatures and fewer showers, Stang said.

“The biggest concern is that Hays County is going to get very hot. We’re going to see two to three weeks, over 100 degrees,” Stang said.

This could lead to more fires, which worries Coyle.

“There is a lot to burn. There is only one way in and out of Bear Creek Oaks,” Coyle said.

According to the data, this is not a change that will occur in 100 years, but it has already begun and will continue until at least 2050.

Coyle thinks the county’s continued growth won’t help.

“How much can you ask for and expect it to last forever?” Coyle asked.

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