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Fires raging throughout Central Texas
Austin American Statesman ^ | Sep 04 2011 | Staff

Posted on 09/04/2011 5:46:33 PM PDT by grey_whiskers

UPDATE 7:30 P.M.: Mark Stanford, the fire chief for the Texas Forest Service , said subdivisions have been evacuated there but they have no estimate on what structures have been lost.

People are being told to evacuate to the First Baptist Church in Smithville and Bastrop Middle School, Stanford said.

In addition, State Highways 71 and 21 in Bastrop County have been closed, Stanford said.

Update, 6:48 p.m.: Wildfires have consumed more than 6,000 acres in Bastrop County, and firefighters are still working to get the blazes under control.

According to Bastrop Police Department Spokesman Michal Hubbard, hundreds of homes have been evacuated, including those at the Colony, west of the city of Bastrop, and Tahitian Village to the east. Several structures have been lost, he said

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TOPICS: Breaking News; News/Current Events; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: austin; bastrop; paginggovernorperry; prayer; texas; texasfire; texasfires; texaswildfires; tragedy; whereisrickperry; wildfire
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To: NeverForgetBataan

Absolutely horrible wind in East Texas that I hope is not the same in the south. But probably is. I drove back from Houston yesterday..and the winds were fierce..even without the added fuel of a fire.

Pray for rain.


51 posted on 09/04/2011 6:51:56 PM PDT by berdie
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To: napscoordinator

Goodhair moved out of the Governor’s mansion (due to arson and rebuild)sometime back and I have not heard of his return.

I believe his temporary housing, location of the famous coyote shoot, is in the vicinity of one of the fires...

BTW, my weather radar shows 5 fires on Fort Hood... Lots of smoke in our air... the Bastrop plume appears to be over 70 miles long. These plumes will show up on any good weather radar display...


52 posted on 09/04/2011 6:55:31 PM PDT by CenTex (My ammunition pile is growing... Hand loading is helping...)
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To: No!
Thank you, No, for your good thoughts.

A lot of disasters are ignored, unless they are politically expedient.

Pray for rain. But since a flood usually follows a drought..that could be just as devastating.

Pick your poison.

53 posted on 09/04/2011 6:59:45 PM PDT by berdie
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To: grey_whiskers

Fire in Bastrop area has consumed 14,000 acres and is 16 miles long at this time.


54 posted on 09/04/2011 7:00:28 PM 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: napscoordinator

You Ain’t Kidding.

I have propery in Austin and in New Orleans.

We did not flood and we have not burned.

Just a bit stressful.


55 posted on 09/04/2011 7:04:15 PM PDT by trumandogz
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To: trumandogz

Very true...and stay safe.

Pray for rain.


56 posted on 09/04/2011 7:04:17 PM PDT by berdie
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To: trumandogz
I have propery in Austin and in New Orleans.

Are you by any chance a rittre ronery?

Sometimes, laughter is a great stress relief.

Cheers!

57 posted on 09/04/2011 7:15:22 PM PDT by grey_whiskers (The opinions are solely those of the author and are subject to change without notice.)
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To: CenTex

I peeked at the fires at the Google Earth fire site. You can get to it from here.

http://maps.geog.umd.edu/firms/kml.htm#usa

It looks like very few states don’t have active fires.


58 posted on 09/04/2011 7:15:25 PM PDT by IM2MAD
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To: berdie
Pray for rain.

If the University of Nebraska at Lincoln is a credible source, over 81% of the state in an exceptional drought. And none of the state is not in some drought condition.

Still, the resiliency of Texans is legendary and the Lone Star State will come roaring back to its rightful place of supremacy. God Blessed Texas in the past and may He Bless us today and forever.

59 posted on 09/04/2011 7:18:28 PM PDT by re_nortex (DP...that's what I like about Texas.)
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To: grey_whiskers

Your Katrina-Tx Fire-Media is probably very well on target.

But truthfully, unless Perry has a super duper magic rain dance in his repitoir, he can’t fix it.

Dewhurst has the power to activate the state response if necessary. The Feds ain’t in the mix, imho.

But you are right...perception is reality. (much like Katrina)


60 posted on 09/04/2011 7:18:51 PM PDT by berdie
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To: All

By American-Statesman staff | Sunday, September 4, 2011, 08:38 PM

UPDATE 8:30 PM: The fire in Bastrop County has been confirmed to have burned 14,000 acres and has grown to become an estimated 16 miles long, said Mark Stanford, fire chief of the Texas Forest Service.

“It’s catastrophic,” Stanford said of the Bastrop County fire. “It’s a major natural disaster.”

Forest service spokeswoman Lexi Maxwell said that fire began around 2 p.m. in the Circle D subdivision off State Highway 71. It merged with another fire north of there which pushed south and crossed over State Highways 21 and 71, Maxwell said. Aerial units estimated at least 300 homes had been damaged or destroyed by the fire.

Maxwell said another, unrelated fire has been reported in the The Colony subdivision in Bastrop County, which has forced evacuations.

http://www.statesman.com/blogs/content/shared-gen/blogs/austin/blotter/entries/2011/09/04/fires_raging_throughout_centra.html


61 posted on 09/04/2011 7:22:43 PM PDT by janetjanet998
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To: berdie

Anyone know of any fire problems near Round Rock? My son lives there.


62 posted on 09/04/2011 7:23:31 PM PDT by varina davis (Life is not a dress rehearsal)
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To: re_nortex

So right...and just a little bit scary. No, a lot scary.

We will survive one way or another.

Pray for rain.


63 posted on 09/04/2011 7:26:30 PM PDT by berdie
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To: mylife; jimrob
I am sure Obama will declare a disaster and send assistance.

Although a causal link from Obama can't be established, I have no doubt whatsoever that the _resident takes great pleasure in the suffering of Texas and its people. The Lone Star state soundly repudiated him in 2008 and the Kenyan Marxist delights in the drought, agricultural losses and now these raging fires.

He won't lift a finger to help and will erect impediments to provide aid to Conservative, Christian Texas. As Jim Robinson so aptly phrases it: FUBO!

64 posted on 09/04/2011 7:27:31 PM PDT by re_nortex (DP...that's what I like about Texas.)
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To: Kathy in Alaska

Please ping Logan’s list.

Thank you.


65 posted on 09/04/2011 7:29:47 PM PDT by Bradís Gramma (Mr B has a new cousin on the way!)
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To: berdie
Pray for rain.

The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. --James 5:16 (KJV)

66 posted on 09/04/2011 7:31:10 PM PDT by re_nortex (DP...that's what I like about Texas.)
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To: varina davis

I’m sorry, I don’t know.

I am in East Texas and the only news reported wasn’t even about the Austin area.

I hope your son is safe.


67 posted on 09/04/2011 7:32:54 PM PDT by berdie
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

“Oh, No! Not Beautiful Downtown Pflugerville!”

Hey I hope it doesnt take out La Grange!


68 posted on 09/04/2011 7:37:03 PM PDT by Syntyr (Happiness is two at low eight!)
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To: Responsibility2nd

WOW Glad you and your family are okay! I was just throught there on 71 ast week going to Austin from Houston. Its pretty dry. Prayers up for everyone!


69 posted on 09/04/2011 7:40:37 PM PDT by Syntyr (Happiness is two at low eight!)
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To: PROTESTBYPROXY

Driving from Corpus Christi to Mathis earlier the smoke was thick. We are well south of San Antone. Hoping our redneck and illegal alien neighbors don’t break out the fireworks like they usually do on holidays (I came home early to watch my house for fires).


70 posted on 09/04/2011 7:49:53 PM PDT by TStro
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To: Syntyr

Thanks. Unless you are here, you would not believe the high winds which are driving these flames.

And even through the fires were 20 miles away, it was spooky driving away with the headlights on and the sky looking as if it were 8:00pm even though it was only 5:00pm.

I’m staying on top of the local news to see if Bastrop and Buescher State Parks where were were camping were burned.


71 posted on 09/04/2011 7:51:41 PM PDT by Responsibility2nd (The views and opinions expressed in this post are true and correct. Deal with it.)
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To: Brad's Gramma; Texas Termite; .30Carbine; 68 grunt; 8mmMauser; admiralsn; Aggie Mama; al_c; ...
Logan's Prayer Warriors......Texas needs prayers.

Fires Raging Throughout Central Texas

72 posted on 09/04/2011 7:53:22 PM PDT by Kathy in Alaska ((~ RIP Brian...heaven's gain...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~))
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To: CenTex

“BTW, my weather radar shows 5 fires on Fort Hood... Lots of smoke in our air... the Bastrop plume appears to be over 70 miles long. These plumes will show up on any good weather radar display...”

Just spoke with my Brother In Law who is stationed at Fort Hood. He says all of the fires are back out on the far side of the tank gunnery ranges. No threat to housing out there. Miles away from base structures.


73 posted on 09/04/2011 7:53:42 PM PDT by Syntyr (Happiness is two at low eight!)
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To: janetjanet998

Awful.

We were evacuated in Midland in spring as a fire quickly approached the city. It sounds like many out in central Texas aren’t so lucky this time.


74 posted on 09/04/2011 7:54:19 PM PDT by rwfromkansas ("Carve your name on hearts, not marble." - C.H. Spurgeon)
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To: No!

Don’t count on Perry for anything except to pad his pockets and grab for the Hispanic (illegal) vote!


75 posted on 09/04/2011 7:59:56 PM PDT by yorkie
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To: yorkie

o.k....tell me why you feel that has anything to do with these fires.

I am curious.


76 posted on 09/04/2011 8:05:23 PM PDT by berdie
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To: Kathy in Alaska

Dear God, please look down on this land of desolation and if
it be Thy will, please send rain that we might flourish again.

It’s so bad here. Thanks for the ping, Kathy.


77 posted on 09/04/2011 8:05:23 PM PDT by LUV W (Obama is E V I L!!! RUN, SARAH---RUN!!!)
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Local ABC Austin, TX
78 posted on 09/04/2011 8:06:19 PM PDT by shield (Rev 2:9 Woe unto those who say they are Judahites and are not, but are of the syna GOG ue of Satan.)
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To: Kathy in Alaska

Thank you, Kathy! I’ve been praying for my old ‘stomping grounds’ for some time, now!


79 posted on 09/04/2011 8:06:21 PM PDT by yorkie
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To: George from New England

That’s pretty amazing!


80 posted on 09/04/2011 8:07:56 PM PDT by caww
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To: grey_whiskers

WoW! This is the first that I’ve heard of fires today. I drove from my home, through Bandera,to Medina today. Nothing burning NW of San Antonio. Winds are intermittent.


81 posted on 09/04/2011 8:08:16 PM PDT by Sarajevo (Is it true that cannibals don't eat clowns because they taste funny?)
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To: wolfcreek

More photos of the destruction...very bad situation.

http://galleries.statesman.com/gallery/wildfires-burn-across-central-texas/#214542


82 posted on 09/04/2011 8:12:40 PM PDT by caww
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To: TStro
Hoping our redneck and illegal alien neighbors don’t break out the fireworks like they usually do on holidays.

Messkins have the trait of cavalierly tossing their cigarettes out of their cars. You can take them out of the third world but you can't take the third world out of them.

83 posted on 09/04/2011 8:15:13 PM PDT by re_nortex (DP...that's what I like about Texas.)
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To: lonestar

I’m out Wixon Valley way, and there’s been smokey haze here all afternoon.Has to be coming from the north, though, with the wind blowing it.


84 posted on 09/04/2011 8:20:43 PM PDT by Quickgun (As a former fetus, I'm opposed to abortion. Mamas don't let your cowboys grow up to be babies..)
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To: napscoordinator
I am saying that he is busy. He can’t do anything so he is going to continue running for President.

Well that sounds like an Obama excuse....it's Perry's state...he'd better at least address his people for crying out loud!

85 posted on 09/04/2011 8:20:59 PM PDT by caww
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To: re_nortex

Wow, you were quoting the Bible earlier.


86 posted on 09/04/2011 8:22:34 PM PDT by berdie
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To: yorkie

He’s just another one “I’ll vote for him if I HAVE to” guys...

We’re ALL sick of this! lol

:)


87 posted on 09/04/2011 8:22:58 PM PDT by No!
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To: LUV W

You have so many fires.....prayers for sure.


88 posted on 09/04/2011 8:25:06 PM PDT by Kathy in Alaska ((~ RIP Brian...heaven's gain...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~))
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To: grey_whiskers

Just talked to son, he’s outside Marble Falls. They have two fires withing six miles, uncontrolled. No power which means no water (well).


89 posted on 09/04/2011 8:25:44 PM PDT by SouthTexas (You cannot bargain with the devil, shut the government down.)
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To: grey_whiskers

Prayers for those who have lost homes/businesses in the fires, who have been evacuated and for those fighting the fires. Also for the Lord to end this drought.


90 posted on 09/04/2011 8:25:51 PM PDT by proudofthesouth (Democratic Party - The party of genocide.)
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To: Kathy in Alaska

Lord God,

We know you are keenly aware of these fires engulfing Texas areas and the terrible droughts throughout.... Peoples lives are in danger now Lord... so we ask for your protection for them as they battle this blaze and those who must flee it....give the firemen good discernment to make right calls in order to get this all contained...and move those out of harms way that need to go... give them all strength and wisdom as they travel to a safe place.

Provide and care for each Lord...until this has come to pass....In Christ’s name Amen.


91 posted on 09/04/2011 8:30:03 PM PDT by caww
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To: FFforFreedom
....my weather radar shows 5 fires on Fort Hood... Lots of smoke in our air...

So many fires in central Texas right now.

FFForFreedom...are you involved in these firefights? If so, please stay safe!

92 posted on 09/04/2011 8:31:42 PM PDT by LUV W (Obama is E V I L!!! RUN, SARAH---RUN!!!)
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To: LUV W

Luv, this is SO awful - I LOVE Texas - and am so sorry this is happening.

Oh YES, Lord - bring the much needed rain to my friends and to all the drought areas! This is reaching monumental destruction - and we beseech You to give them relief from this horrible drought! In Jesus’ name, Amen!


93 posted on 09/04/2011 8:31:58 PM PDT by yorkie
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To: grey_whiskers

Here’s a link to the National Interagency Coordination Center which shows all the major fires in the country:

http://www.nifc.gov/nicc/


94 posted on 09/04/2011 8:32:58 PM PDT by leapfrog0202 ("the American presidency is not supposed to be a journey of personal discovery" Sarah Palin)
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To: yorkie
AMEN!

The channel 8 weatherman just reported that no rain is expected in Texas for two weeks!

May the Lord Shower His Blessings on all of Texas. In Christ's Name, Amen.

95 posted on 09/04/2011 8:34:04 PM PDT by re_nortex (DP...that's what I like about Texas.)
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To: re_nortex

AMEN!
The channel 8 weatherman just reported that no rain is expected in Texas for two weeks!

May the Lord Shower His Blessings on all of Texas. In Christ’s Name, Amen
________________________________

Well said!

Best wishes for all you TX FReepers and your families. I hope you stay safe and do not incur any damage.


96 posted on 09/04/2011 8:36:23 PM PDT by leapfrog0202 ("the American presidency is not supposed to be a journey of personal discovery" Sarah Palin)
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To: SouthTexas

Have been listening to the scanner up here in Pa. So very sorry you folks are contending with these awful conditions...announcer said wind gusts at 35 miles an hour.


97 posted on 09/04/2011 8:38:07 PM PDT by caww
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To: caww

Wind was out of the north today, abnormal for this time of the year.


98 posted on 09/04/2011 8:40:37 PM PDT by SouthTexas (You cannot bargain with the devil, shut the government down.)
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To: LUV W

Luv w,

...”three different wind shifts announced on the scanner”... so you folks in Texas be especially careful to get to safe places.....

My heart goes out to all facing these fires....may God grant all concerned a safe haven to flee to.


99 posted on 09/04/2011 8:43:49 PM PDT by caww
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To: berdie; No!
Hi, Berdie - I was responding to post #11 - where the poster said,

"Shouldn’t Perry be doing something Governorish over this or something? Like GO HOME and ask for the tankers or use the national guard or SOMETHING????? ??????????????????"

My prayers continue for those in harms way in this horrible drought.

100 posted on 09/04/2011 8:44:38 PM PDT by yorkie
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