DALLAS -- Scorched Texas is sprouting green. Almost before the embers cooled, nature began its renewal.
"There's already grass popping up in the black," said Greg Creacy, a regional fire and natural resources coordinator with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.
Yet the signs of underlying trouble also will re-emerge.
The drought-fed fires of 2011, which have burned 2 million acres since December, were symptoms of damaging, long-term changes on the Texas landscape.