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.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/09/05/us-texas-wildfires-idUSTR...

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.

http://www.kutnews.org/post/bastrop-fire-forces-hundreds-evacuate

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.

http://www.kvue.com/news/local/Bastrop-fire-still-not-contained-129...

 

Is anyone here being affected by the fires? 

Bastrop has closed schools tomorrow and possibly longer.

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Wildfire Update - Oct. 1, 2011

Current situation: 

  •  Yesterday Texas Forest Service responded to 26 new fires for 5,663 acres, including new large fires in Haskell and Coleman counties. 
  • In the past seven days Texas Forest Service has responded to 110 fires for 12,795 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): 

COLEMAN BURKETT WEST, Callahan County.  360 acres, 70 percent contained.  Five homes were saved on this fire burning seven miles southwest of Cross Plains. 

CROOKED RIVER RANCH, Haskell County.  5,000 acres, contained.  The fire is burning 15 miles east of Stamford.  Crews made good progress on the fire today. 


Uncontained fires from previous days (more than 100 acres in timber, 300 acres in lighter fuels):
 

COOPER MOUNTAIN, Kent County.  2,200 acres, 95 percent contained.  The fire is burning 12 miles south of Clairemont.   

MacELROY 1, Crane County.  1,500 acres, 85 percent contained.  The fire is burning 5 miles northeast of Crane.  Several structures are in the area.  Two MAFFS C-130’s assisted on the fire yesterday. 

SOUTH 104, Hardeman County.  3,700 acres, unknown containment.  There was no new growth on the fire yesterday. 

 

It's not listed here -- so I would assume the fire is out in Bastrop -- looks like there are others fires going on around Texas.  But at least the largest one is out.

The Bastrop fire is out! Horray!
Horray

Wildfire Update – October 5, 2011



Current situation:

Yesterday Texas Forest Service responded to 11 new fires for 1,047 acres, including a new large fire in Bastrop County.
In the past seven days Texas Forest Service has responded to 104 fires for 5,731 acres.
251 of the 254 Texas counties are reporting burn bans.
Daily detailed fire information can be found here or at inciweb.org.

New large fires from yesterday (more than 100 acres in timber, 300 acres in lighter fuels; or where homes were lost):



OLD POTATO ROAD, Bastrop County. 1,000 acres, 25 percent contained. 50 homes threatened and evacuations are in occurring with structure protection in progress. Multiple dozer task forces, heavy airtankers, helicopters, SEATs and an air attack are heavily engaged in suppression efforts. This fire is burning in heavy fuels approximately 7 miles northeast of Bastrop.


Uncontained fires from previous days (more than 100 acres in timber, 300 acres in lighter fuels):



SOUTH 104, Hardeman County. 3,700 acres, 90 percent contained. Line construction and mop up continue. This fire is burning 12 miles southwest of Quanah.

 

Here we go again. Just when I thought this discussion was over. : )

Aagh! Seven miles isn't far for a fire. Sounds as if they're throwing everything at it at least.

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