Skip to comments.Wildfire destroys nearly 500 homes in Texas
Posted on 09/05/2011 7:37:44 PM PDT by nuconvert
BASTROP, Texas (AP) A roaring wildfire raced through rain-starved farm and ranchland in Central Texas on Monday, destroying nearly 500 homes during a rapid advance that was fanned in part by howling winds from the remnants of Tropical Storm Lee.
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My prayers to these good people of Texas.
Don’t worry! Obama will be on the TV any minute now to discuss federal aid to the area....
Any minute now....
Just a second......
He’ll be there soon.....
Just a second.....
Maybe I’m on the wrong channel.....
Nope, not there either.....
Channel 5 maybe.....?
I know he’ll come on any minute now......
Any minute now.....
That punk is too busy with his homey union thugs in Detroitistan to worry about these fires.
probably not a word on the SCM....its Texas afterall, and mostly white people..
Firefighter/FEMA friend on Facebook is posting:
ATTENTION TEXAS AND SURROUNDING AREAS.. WE NEED FIREMEN!!!! Begging for retired and any fireman to call number to help. We were short 25 fireman last night. Cannot contain town of Bastrop, 35 miles away...fire is 16 miles long, 6 miles wide, jumped Colorado river, evacuated entire town and also neighborhood called Steiner ranch of 5500* PLEASE EVERYONE REPOST EVEN IF NOT IN TEXAS.. SOME OF YOUR FRIENDS MAY BE. HELP!! Call 512-978-1187 Please REPOST!
Thanks for posting this thread. I have family who are evacuees from this area as of this morning. They don’t know if they will have a home to come back to once the evacuation order is lifted.
Prayers to all!
URGENT NEED for horse transport for evacuation in Bastrop County, TX. Barns that were used to house evacuees are now in the fire's path. Rt 304 still open both ways. Anyone in the area who can help, please call Beth at 512-467-4893 or Rachel at 512-581-2940. There at least 43 horses in immediate need at their rescue, surely there will be more. **Please cross post!!**
God bless Texas and send them some rain.
Adding my prayers. I used to live just south of Ft Hood. It is wonderful country, and the suffering must be terrible. May God comfort and give strength to all in loss and need. And God, if you are willing, please send rain to the drought-stricken countryside!
The other night, I did my naked rain dance.
It didn’t work for Texas , but it sure rained like heck here in Illinois.
Sorry to hear that.
I hope their home is spared.
That Magnolia blaze that’s being reported is only 15 minutes north of me. I’m in Tomball (northwest Houston area)... if they lose control of that one the wind would blow it In our direction... And toward Houston.
I’m guessing we’ll be needing our governor to do his duty here in Texas this week.
I don’t read those idiot comments.
They were evacuating people four miles north of us in Leander. The air still smells smoky, and we’re watering our lawns as a few neighbors have seen some burning flakes.
Best of luck to you there.
Thank you. We hope their home is spared as well. The main concern are their lives and safety. Everything else is secondary to that.
Oh my. Stay safe
Prayers going up in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Found this good Texas interactive site that provides all info of fires http://tx.dtswildfire.com/
Thanks... The news just reported the winds are down to 4mph.... Thats a lot better than the 20mph gusts caused by tropical storm Lee.
Prayers for those effected. May God have mercy on those in the fire’s path.
“The news just reported the winds are down to 4mph”
That’s good to hear.
Idiots. If the fire touches their beloved Austin, what would they say then?
Stay safe folks. :(
Prayers for your family members. I have a good friend whose home is right in the Bastrop fire area, and while they are safely evacuated and have a place to stay, it is heartbreaking to see what’s happening and be powerless to do anything - or even know if you’ll have a house left.
I’ve read many expressions of good will and offers to help on this FB page, may the Lord look over all those who are affected and in harms way dealing with this tragedy.
They have opened up Maude Cobb in Longview for evacuees - Upshur has a big one. One of my students has lost her home.
I can’t get much detail from that map, but this one at Wunderground shows fire size and location as detected by satellite, and thus is semi-realtime:
Zoom in to see detail, make sure “Fire” is turned on, and unclick “Smoke” for easier viewing.
Oh, those are just Keith Olbermann, Chris Matthews, and Ed Schulz posting on their multiple accounts at yahoo.
We've traveled to Texas and seen San Antonio (the Alamo and RiverWalk), Bastrop and Galveston (the Aquarium). We wanted to see so much more, but time was limited and we wanted to spend time with family in that area. We drove by the park that is now 2/3 consumed by fire.
Reading posts on other websites, people have been extraordinary in helping others with evacuations and showing concern for pets, livestock and horses. God bless America.
Thanks, Cin, for posting these.
10 years ago: Tropical Storm Allison
[snip] The storm dropped heavy rainfall along its path, peaking at over 40 inches [in about 24 hours] in Texas. The worst flooding occurred in Houston, where most of Allison's damage occurred: 30,000 became homeless after the storm flooded over 70,000 houses and destroyed 2,744 homes. Downtown Houston was inundated with flooding, causing severe damage to hospitals and businesses. Twenty-three people died in Texas. Along its entire path, Allison caused $5.5 billion ($6.7 billion 2008 USD) in damage and 41 deaths. Aside from Texas, the places worst hit were Louisiana and southeastern Pennsylvania.
Following the storm, President George W. Bush designated 75 counties along Allison's path as disaster areas (the first time he had to do so), which enabled the citizens affected to apply for aid. Allison is the only tropical storm to have its name retired without ever having reached hurricane strength. [snip]
But Texans pulled together and they will come out of this too.
This makes me cry - loss of lives, homes, pets, livestock - PRAY hard for rain, PLEASE!
Thanx for the update.
Prayers for you all. 500 homes burned is more devastating than Irene.
It’s a very bad day in Texas..Prayers are appreciated
I have a lump in my throat and what feels like a pile of bricks on my chest.
God be with you.
Oh, Meg....I see by the map that your area is almost surrounded, too! PLEASE stay safe - smoke is VERY dangerous!
My above link (post 39) will not open - probably overload.
Here it is again:
I wish there was something I could do, but all I have is prayer and I’m send that for everyone in harm’s way!
Don’t worry about me..none near here...I’m on overload on pictures... been watching for hours..just heartsick for those who have lost everything..and am concerned about our exhausted firefighters.
There are fires all over..and no rain in sight...
Lord, hear our prayer.
It got to me when I saw the soldier (and his family) just returned from a year in the ‘Stan and lost everything.
God help those people.
I pray that your Kings Ranch stays safe from all these horrible fires!