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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How awful.  The wind yesterday and today is ridiculous.  Someone needs to call Rick Perry and get him to pray.

He is probably already setting up another prayer rally. : )
He's too busy hiding from a debate....and we know he can't pray in private!
http://austinist.com/2011/09/04/central_texas_ablaze_thousands_of_a...   It seems they have gotten the help the needed.

SETTING A NEWS BACKFIRE: An urgent message is circulating concerning the fires in Texas, calling for volunteers with firefighting experience. SUNDAY, that was true. UPDATE MONDAY (9/5), @austintexasgov: AFD has reached adequate number of reserve firefighters, NO need to continue calling 978-1187 or 974-0400 at this time (Area code 512--same #). PLEASE CIRCULATE SO THE FIREFIGHTERS CAN DO THEIR JOB INSTEAD OF ANSWERING PHONES.

i just read this after it was posted at the National Atheist Party main page.
Thanks Susi.  I got your email last night.  I was about to post it here when I noticed you had left this message.

From the news this morning:

BASTROP, Texas -- Officials tell KVUE News they believe that the situation in Bastrop will get worse before it gets better. They are calling the fire an aggressive fire and they say that there will be more evacuations.

So far, more than 400 homes in Bastrop have burned and more than 5,000 people have been evacuated. More than 25,000 acres have burned.

KVUE News has been told the fire now stretches from Highway 291 across the Colorado River and into an area known as Hills Prairie. A community near Highway 71 and 95 called Tahitian Village was also threatened as smaller fires started to work their way in.

To fight the fire Monday, officials say they will be bringing in blackhawk helicopters to provide air support. Their goal is to get ahead of the fire. Fire departments from around the state have arrived to help.

For more information you can call the citizen's information line at  512-332-8856 or 512-332-8814.

Link to video of the fires you can see from Austin, TX

 

http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-668757

  I've been looking to buy a home in some of these areas. I was actually going to follow up on a lead in Bastrop.  I just wonder if the place still stands....... sad.

  Wonder why Gov. Perry hasn't called the National Guard out yet?

   There are by the way people in the Guard who are on fire departments throughout the state. I know, I use to be in the Guard.  You also have Air National Guard firemen as well.  Also, the Army National Guard choppers can air lift water bags to drop water on the fires.  I've seen that done in the Army when fires have broken out on ranges.  They've done it at Ft. Hood. I'm sure the US Army would let the Texas Army National Guard borrow some of those bags.

 

I would think that the National Guard should of been called.  The fire is still not contained.

All of Bastrop State Park has been burned except for 50-100 acres.

I will post that story here.

Update

Larger Bastrop fire now 30% contained Newsroom http://www.newsradioklbj.com/News/Story.aspx?ID=1532971

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.


http://www.kxan.com/dpp/news/local/larger-bastrop-fire-now-30-perce...
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.

Union Chapel fire

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.
Emergency Links:

Texas Forest Service http://txforestservice.tamu.edu/main/default.aspx
Bastrop County http://www.co.bastrop.tx.us/site/content/emoverviewMandatory
Travis County http://www.co.travis.tx.us/emergency_services/emergency_management.asp
Hays County http://www.co.hays.tx.us/index.php/government/emergency-management/
Evacuations; Update on Bastrop, Steiner Ranch, Spicewood and Leander Fires; General Information Bastrop - Mandatory Evacuations

The Steiner Ranch area is now open to residents with a legal ID only. A preliminary investigation has determined that overhead electric power lines caused the Steiner Ranch fire.
Flames have exploded pine trees, damaged forest in more than 95 percent of Bastrop State Park.
http://www.statesman.com/news/local/state-park-historical-buildings...
Fire has hit all but 50 to 100 acres of the pines covering the 6,000-acre Bastrop State Park, a Texas Parks and Wildlife Department spokesman said Tuesday, but so far it has spared all but three of the historical structures at the park.

The endangered Houston toad, whose main habitat is the park, might not be so lucky.

With the fire still burning, department spokesman Mike Cox said it is not clear just what percentage of the park and its forest has been destroyed.

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