Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Texas fire updates!!!!

Just a quick update about the wildfires close to us here in Texas. We were on vacation and didn't even know about them until my SIL Nora told us yesterday around noon.. Rick and I decided to cut our vacation short so we could protect our home and to save our animals if we needed too. We left Mom's house around 7:30 PM and pulled in our drive at 3:30 AM. The smoke was very thick and was affecting my allergies big time. Today we drove around just a little and found out that the Delhi fire is within 5 miles of our house and the Bastrop fire is heading more to the east of us.. Unless the wind changes back to the SE we should be out of its path. My heart goes out to all of the people who have been evacuated and who have lost their homes, pets and livestock. Please keep us in your thoughts and prayers.

Here's the stats on the Delhi fire, which is in a very rural area.
This one is within 5 miles from us...
Delhi , Caldwell County. 8,000 acres, 40 percent contained. Twenty homes were saved and six were lost on this fire east of Lockhart.

This one we are watching very closely...
The smaller fire, to the west of Bastrop and called the Union Chapel fire, has consumed about 800 acres and destroyed 28 homes. Some 150 homes are threatened, and 200 people have been evacuated. That fire is only 20 percent contained.

This one is to the Northeast of us for now....
BASTROP COUNTY, Texas (KXAN) - The largest fire in Central Texas, ripping through Bastrop, is now 30 percent contained as of 7:40 a.m. Wednesday.
The Southern Area Type 1 Red Team will be in place in Bastrop County early Wednesday morning, and they will have access to firefighting experts from across country.
They will be able to plan better attacks on the fires that continue to destroy homes and lives.
Two people have died while two fires continue to burn on either side of the city of Bastrop.
Bastrop complex fire
The biggest fire is just east of the city, which has consumed 38,089 acres and destroyed 576 homes. It is 30 percent contained.
Heavy airtankers and single-engine airtankers assisted on this fire that started in the Lost Pines area just northeast of Bastrop. The fire continues to move rapidly to the south, with some eastward movement. Numerous subdivisions have been evacuated.

Firestorm prompts air quality concerns

Please keep us in your thoughts and prayers....
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juli (sweetpz) said...

Oh wow! that is so close. Please stay safe. Saying a prayer for the people affected by this fire in Texas.


Debbie said...

This is scary Fern. I feel for those who have lost their homes. Hope you are safe. We've had days and days of rain, wish I could send you some.

li-bee-ti said...

Oh, my! What a tragedy! My heart goes to those who lost thier home and property.
I do hope that it will be over asap.
Are you and your family safe?
My thoughts are for you, the people around and those who fight those fires.

scrappinlil said...

Oh, My Fern, All of you are in my thoughts and in my prayers...I am so sorry for those that lost everything. I will pray that it does not hit your home and many more homes. Be Safe and Take care!

Audrey Frelx said...

Oh, Fern! How upset you had to have been!!! I am so sorry you had to cut your vacation short but understandably so!

Of course you are in my prayers; hoping that fire dies down and causes no one else any more harm!!! So much devastation this year, so heartbreaking!!!

I pray for you and your family's safety -- you're in my every thought!!!

Sonia said...

Hi Fern
I see this on TV I feel very sad.. omg!! Praying for all the people and for you and your family.

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