I posted this originally in Texas Heathens -- but thought it would be important enough to post here as well.
Texas in undergoing several fires at the moment. Some not too far from where I live.
Bastrop is 30 miles from Austin. Here are just a few news articles on the fires.
Sixty separate wildfires, whipped by strong gusts of wind spawned by Tropical Storm Lee as it moved north, burned across Texas on Monday, destroying homes and leaving at least two people dead, authorities said.
Meanwhile, another 400 acre fire was reported near the Hays-Travis County line. The blaze crossed into Hays County shortly after 6:00 p.m. Sunday. All residents in that area being evacuated with the assistance of Hays County Sheriff's deputies. These roads include Stagecoach Ranch Road, Overland Stage road, Deadwood stage Road, Stagecoach Ranch Loop, and Cripple Creek Stage Road.
A Bastrop fire caused several people to be evacuated. People in the areas of Wilderness Ridge, parts of Cedar Creek and Alum Creek are being asked to leave. The fire is near FM 1441 and Highway 21.
A new fire on Griffin League Ranch is moving south and will join with the wildfire. A mandatory evacuation has been issued for all circle D County -- all homes on Schwantz Ranch Road, Old Potato Road and all Highway 21 homes east to Paige.
14,000 acres burned in Bastrop. More than 300 homes lost, and there's still no containment.
Is anyone here being affected by the fires?
Bastrop has closed schools tomorrow and possibly longer.
Talking Points – Sept. 27, 2011
· Yesterday Texas Forest Service responded to 8 new fires for 3,076 acres, including a new large fire in Brewster County.
· In the past seven days Texas Forest Service has responded to 81 fires for 14,232 acres.
· 250 of the 254 Texas counties are reporting burn bans.
· Daily detailed fire information can be found at inciweb.org.
New large fires from yesterday (more than 100 acres in timber, 300 acres in lighter fuels; or where homes were lost):
SHACKELFORD, Brewster County: 3,000 acres, no containment. Very active fire was observed in grass and brush yesterday. The fire is in an inaccessible area. SEATs worked the fire yesterday and air attack will monitor the fire today.
Uncontained fires from previous days (more than 100 acres in timber, 300 acres in lighter fuels):
COPPER BREAKS, Foard County. 8,080 acres, 90 percent contained. Crews continue to work hot spots and secure the fire perimeter.
BASTROP COUNTY COMPLEX, Bastrop County. 34,068 acres, 98 percent contained. Crews and equipment continue to mop up and protect homes within the perimeter. There is no fire burning outside the main containment lines. An assessment team has confirmed 1,554 homes have been destroyed on the large Bastrop fire and the Union Chapel Fire. Two civilians were found dead as search crews went through the charred subdivisions.
101 RANCH, Palo Pinto County. 6,555 acres, 95 percent contained. Crews and aircraft continue to monitor the fire. Thirty-nine homes and nine RV’s have been reported destroyed. Crews continue to mop up and aircraft are monitoring.
98% containment for the Bastrop fires -- but it looks like there are more fires popping up around Texas everywhere now.
Gosh, it's still going on... I feel so out of the loop. I usually get word about the family through my Mom or my oldest brother and neither has really talked about it. :(
I know how in the summer especially, those high pressure areas just plop their butts down on the ground and don't seem to want to go away anytime soon... but I was hoping that with the change in season, things would let up... still no rain? Not enough to piss out the fire, I guess? :/
And what is the federal government doing? Sitting on their thumbs? Not considered a disaster yet? >:\
Most are in or around DFW. Some in Waco. Some in Austin. Some in Houston. I haven't heard whether or not they've left the area for safer ground... :/
Sorry to hear the rain's only spitting over there. :(