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Thousands Flee As Wildfire Torches 300 Texas Homes
MSNBC ^ | September 04, 2011

Posted on 09/04/2011 10:23:33 PM PDT by Steelfish

Thousands Flee As Wildfire Torches 300 Texas Homes

SAN ANTONIO — A fast-growing wildfire fanned by winds from Tropical Storm Lee torched an estimated 300 homes near Austin on Sunday, and thousands of people in hundreds more homes had to evacuate overnight. "It's catastrophic," Texas Forest Service Fire Chief Mark Stanford was quoted by the Austin American-Statesman website as saying. "It's a major natural disaster."

The fire had burned through 14,000 acres and was 16 miles long, threatening some 700 more homes in Bastrop County, just east of Austin. Aerial units estimated that 300 homes were destroyed or damaged. In neighboring Travis County, fires caused evacuations and burned homes in neighborhoods to the north and west of Austin.

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TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: arson

1 posted on 09/04/2011 10:23:37 PM PDT by Steelfish
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To: Steelfish

Haven’t really been on top of the news today. My first suspicion is that the fires were intentionally started. God I hate being so suspicious of everything. Prayers for all those affected.


2 posted on 09/04/2011 10:27:56 PM PDT by Outlaw Woman (Palin/Perry, Perry/Palin, Palin or Perry, Perry or Palin 2012....Any Questions?)
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To: Outlaw Woman

Very low humidity, winds of 40 mph, and excessive drought turning all vegetation into tinder can cause such fires. My dad was a cotton farmer near Lubbbock. Occasionally, he would take harvested cotton to the gin and a dry norther with low humidity would blow in. The cotton on a trailer in the gin yard would burst into flame spontaneously, destroying not only the cotton, but the trailer as well. Then the blowing sparks would set other trailers on fire.

Thank you, Tropical Storm Lee, for adding to the historic misery of this summer in Texas.


3 posted on 09/04/2011 10:39:09 PM PDT by kittymyrib
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To: kittymyrib

Yes...I can see that happening. Like I said I’m just suspicious...in fact...weren’t the last wild fires started by illegals? Or was that in AZ...With Perry in the race now, that just adds to the suspicion.

Anyway I pray that they get rain soon.


4 posted on 09/04/2011 11:03:12 PM PDT by Outlaw Woman (Palin/Perry, Perry/Palin, Palin or Perry, Perry or Palin 2012....Any Questions?)
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To: Steelfish

I invite every Freeper to PRAY FOR TEXAS. It’s going to take years for the state to recover from this hellish drought.


5 posted on 09/04/2011 11:05:39 PM PDT by ChocChipCookie (PRAY FOR TEXAS!)
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To: kittymyrib
Very low humidity, winds of 40 mph, and excessive drought turning all vegetation into tinder can cause such fires

Well, allow to happen, the dry tinder doesn't just spontaneously burst into flame. But there are always idiots around to throw a cigarette out into that tinder. I saw it happen a couple of nights ago. I was behind a pick up in Killeen Texas, which is very dry (and now very smokey from fires on the impact range area of Ft. Hood) when someone in the truck threw out a still lighted butt about in front of the main gate to Ft. Hood. One of my rare cussing events then ensued.

6 posted on 09/04/2011 11:16:46 PM PDT by El Gato ("The second amendment is the reset button of the US constitution"-Doug McKay)
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To: Steelfish

Anything from the White House or where ever the President is vacationing today?


7 posted on 09/04/2011 11:32:04 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Happiness)
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To: Outlaw Woman

Same suspicions, although when it happens in CA I have greater suspicions of organized unions in the Firefighter organizations, especially when the wildfires are all begun by organized “controlled burns”, which all of the sudden become uncontrolled. I’d come closer to watching socio-political interests of those organizations and ties to one another.


8 posted on 09/04/2011 11:40:32 PM PDT by Cvengr (Adversity in life and death is inevitable. Thru faith in Christ, stress is optional.)
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To: GeronL

“Anything from the White House or where ever the President is vacationing today?

He did not make it rain today.


9 posted on 09/04/2011 11:58:06 PM PDT by trumandogz
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To: trumandogz

darn him, we need rain!


10 posted on 09/05/2011 12:44:14 AM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Happiness)
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To: El Gato

From what I have heard, the fire was started because of a couple of trees were brushing against a power line. That, combined with nearly 80 days of triple digit degree highs and dry grass made for all of the troubles.
I live in Austin, which is about 23 miles from the nearest fires. Trying to get as many people involved with disaster relief as I can. Local animal shelters need help, and evacuation centers need donations and volunteers. I’m going to go lend a hand on my 3 days off (I work 4 10s per week so I could have more time with my family) to anyone that has a volunteer job to give me.


11 posted on 09/05/2011 1:19:48 AM PDT by christx30
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To: Steelfish

Massive wildfire in Bastrop

16,000 Acres Burned, At Least 400 Homes "Lost"

12 posted on 09/05/2011 2:45:40 AM PDT by Bad~Rodeo (Nothing astonishes people so much as common sense and plain dealing.)
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To: GeronL

Anything from the White House or where ever the President is vacationing today?

Do you think this clown will ever help a red state (texas) or a white state (Vermont) ?

Is it 2012 yet ?


13 posted on 09/05/2011 4:05:54 AM PDT by maine yankee (I got my Governor at 'Marden's')
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To: christx30
I have family in Austin....

...is the fire contained?.....I know it's been over 100 degrees for more than a month....112 the other day....I hear this first hand from my relatives.

Prayers for you all!

14 posted on 09/05/2011 4:06:41 AM PDT by Guenevere (....)
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To: Outlaw Woman
We've had two major fires on the big ranch this year and lost about 12 section's. Both of these fires were started by high winds and highlines touching, when that happens it sends a shower of spark's to the ground. With it as dry as it is now the whole states ready to go up in flames. The Texas Forest Service, the US Forest Service, thousands of Volunteer Fire Fighters and independent contractor's have really stepped up to the plate this year. God Bless Them! Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket
15 posted on 09/05/2011 4:22:05 AM PDT by Dusty Road
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To: Outlaw Woman

We have had 85 fires just in the Sherman area, and it is arson. There is a reward offered here.


16 posted on 09/05/2011 4:23:01 AM PDT by MrEdd (Heck? Geewhiz Cripes, thats the place where people who don't believe in Gosh think they aint going.)
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To: Steelfish

I believe you’re correct. Some of the fires are probably not accidental. Great time to get out of a mortgage on an underwater Mega-mansion. Problem is, someone burned someone else’s house in the process.


17 posted on 09/05/2011 4:24:38 AM PDT by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin (Freedom is the freedom to discipline yourself so others don't have to do it for you.)
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To: Dusty Road
Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket
18 posted on 09/05/2011 4:27:18 AM PDT by Dusty Road
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To: ChocChipCookie

Having lived in Texas and still having family there... my prayers have been up and will continue.

LLS


19 posted on 09/05/2011 4:29:03 AM PDT by LibLieSlayer (Certified Al Palin Hobbit Terrorist)
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To: GeronL

He’s scheduled to speak to a union bash in Deetroitt today..then, I am sure he will be right down to Texas to calm the winds and put out the fires.../s


20 posted on 09/05/2011 4:57:00 AM PDT by jennings2004 (Sarah Palin: "The bright light at the end of a very dark tunnel!")
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To: Guenevere

Latest on the Bastrop fire is that it is 0% contained, 16 miles long and 4 miles long. In addition, there are 4 more wildfires. To the west of Austin in the Steiner Ranch subdivision, (FM 2222& 620), southwest near the Travis and Hayes county line, Hamilton Pool area, 2 in Pflugerville, the Reserve and West Creek subdivisions


21 posted on 09/05/2011 6:09:07 AM PDT by Bad~Rodeo (Nothing astonishes people so much as common sense and plain dealing.)
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To: Bad~Rodeo

4 miles long=wide


22 posted on 09/05/2011 6:09:56 AM PDT by Bad~Rodeo (Nothing astonishes people so much as common sense and plain dealing.)
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To: Bad~Rodeo
I know most of those places....esp. the Steiner Ranch Steakhouse with the terrific view....is that where you mean....that subdivision?
..I also have friends living close by at that location.
23 posted on 09/05/2011 6:48:37 AM PDT by Guenevere (....)
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To: Bad~Rodeo

A friend just informed me they have evacuated the Steiner Ranch subdivision and a family is taking shelter at my friend’s house.


24 posted on 09/05/2011 6:51:56 AM PDT by Guenevere (....)
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To: Guenevere

Yes, exactly. They were actually evacuated last night and have not been allowed to return. Local news is reporting MAYBE they can around the noon hour. There’s also homes in the 3 million dollar range in there but wildfires don’t discriminate


25 posted on 09/05/2011 7:12:07 AM PDT by Bad~Rodeo (Nothing astonishes people so much as common sense and plain dealing.)
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To: Dusty Road

How horrible. I can’t even imagine. Is that your place?


26 posted on 09/05/2011 7:53:42 AM PDT by Outlaw Woman (Palin/Perry, Perry/Palin, Palin or Perry, Perry or Palin 2012....Any Questions?)
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To: Dusty Road

It almost looks like moonscape


27 posted on 09/05/2011 7:56:53 AM PDT by Outlaw Woman (Palin/Perry, Perry/Palin, Palin or Perry, Perry or Palin 2012....Any Questions?)
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To: Guenevere

The fire as of the time of this posting is 0% contained. It is about 15 miles east of me. There are a lot of hotspots around but the “main” one is out near Bastrop heading southwest. They are evacuating people. So far this fire has displaced over 6,000 people, scorched 14,000 acres, and destroyed 400 homes.
Stiner Ranch hear austin is totally evacuated. 25 homes have been destroyed. This is just starting. And we are waiting for Perry to call up the National Guard to help.
Follow it on twitter at #centraltxfires


28 posted on 09/05/2011 11:01:21 AM PDT by christx30
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To: christx30
Thanks for the update....I thought Steiner Ranch had started allowing folks to come back....wrong info obviously....

...My son & wife are fairly close by.....I have quite a few loved ones in and about the area.....

Did the fire get the Steiner Ranch steakhouse?....is the fire all over that area?

29 posted on 09/05/2011 12:54:37 PM PDT by Guenevere (....)
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