I had to evacuate my home in Montgomery County, TX because of the big, three-county wildfire there. My home didn't burn down, but is it safe to go back? What are some of the dangers I face after the wildfire is out? | DENENA | POINTS

Even after the Texas wildfires burn out, there may still be hot spots burning where you can’t see them. If you lift debris, you may accidentally uncover a hot spot from the three-county wildfire that could still burn. Some of the areas around Magnolia, TX seem to contain particularly stubborn fires, and hot spots could linger after the obvious flames have gone.
Still-smoldering embers and burning hot spots from the wildfire in Montgomery County can produce concentrated areas of smoke. And winds carrying smoke from still-burning Texas wildfires in the region can pose smoke inhalation dangers. If you have asthma or any respiratory conditions, the pervasive smoke could seriously compound your respiratory problems.
Some buildings that still remain standing after the wildfire in Montgomery County may look apparently sound. But heat, fire and damage from the water and flame retardants used on the fire could have set the stage for a structural collapse. Cracked or severely weakened foundations and support timbers could fail in a sudden structural collapse. Compromised roofs could fall on you.
Downed power lines present serious dangers after the wildfire in Montgomery County. Portions of downed power lines can be hidden under debris or in the roads. Some of the lines could still have a charge. Accidental contact could be fatal.
Lack of electricity and running water may be part of the destruction left by the three-county wildfire. Lack of water could leave you without the means to stay hydrated in the continuing heat. You would also lose the convenience of modern plumbing. You might not be able to address minor (or major) injuries or medical issues, or even contact others if you need help. When your cell phone battery runs down, you won’t be able to conveniently just charge it up again. You may find unexpected hazards and problems in trying to live without the conveniences of modern life in the destruction left behind by the Texas wildfires.
Trees charred by the wildfire in Montgomery County could suddenly fall, or drop large branches.
Utility poles, signs, decks, balconies or other structures charred and weakened by the Texas wildfires could suddenly experience structural collapse and fall.
Roads and bridges might have burned areas and weak spots that could suddenly give way. You might face structural collapse or unexpected sinkholes.
This short list presents only some of the dangers you could face returning to the area affected by the huge, three-county wildfire. Don’t take chances with your life or health. Some of these dangers pose chances of severe injuries or even death. So wait until authorities have had a chance to inspect the area and remove or neutralize major hazards and dangers left by that three-county wildfire. They should tell you when it’s safe to go back after the Texas wildfires are out.