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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The American Red Cross is taking donations to help all the people who lost their homes. Here is the website:

http://www.centex.redcross.org/index.asp?IDCapitulo=F9ZLZNZ3KD

http://www.centex.redcross.org/detalle_noticias.asp?id=9981&IdC...

Thousands of residents receive food and shelter as fires rage
American Red Cross staff and volunteers throughout the Central Texas region and from across the state continue to assist thousands of displaced residents during this ongoing response. Five American Red Cross Shelters remain open in Bastrop, Travis and Williamson Counties for evacuees in need.

“We are so thankful for the Red Cross resources, volunteers and staff deployed from all over Texas to help us be there for our neighbors in need,” says Regional CEO Marty McKellips. “We expect this response to continue into the coming weeks, and wouldn’t be able to support our neighbors without the work of our volunteers and assistance from around the state.”

Devastating wildfires have scorched thousands of acres from the Rio Grande to the Red River, leaving hundreds of homes in ashes and thousands of people wondering what to do next. In Central Texas close to 30,000 acres have been lost to fire and at least 500 homes.

The American Red Cross responded immediately by opening safe shelters, providing daily meals and giving a lot of emotional support. “Some of our staff and volunteers are directly affected by these fires, so we really understand what our community is going through,” says McKellips.

An up-to-date list of open shelters and resources for evacuees, information about volunteering, and opportunities to donate remain available at www.centex.redcross.org.

You can help turn heartbreak into hope by making a gift to the Red Cross. If you have not been impacted by a disaster this year, text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to give $10 to the Disaster Relief Fund, or go to www.redcross.org to give even more.

The American Red Cross responds to 70,000 disasters across the country annually, and depends on the support of the American people to be there.

Central Texans who wish to make a financial contribution to the American Red Cross of Central Texas can call 800 or 512-928-4271, send a financial contribution to 2218 Pershing Drive, Austin, 78723 or make a secure online donation at www.centex.redcross.org. For information on Red Cross services or volunteer opportunities please call 800 or 512-928-4271 or visit www.centex.redcross.org.

Texas is burning and where is Rick Perry? 

Out of state running for President.

David Dewhurst is the 41st and current Lieutenant Governor of Texas and is going to sign the request to make the areas on fire a National Disaster.

But not Rick Perry.

But then,  all the power does lay in the hands of the Lt. Gov.

Thank god since it is more important for Perry to head out of Texas and leave it burning.......

  That is where the people of Texas stand with Rick Perry.....

Yes, I agree he should of proclaimed Texas a disaster area so we could get more funds to fight the fire. 

 

I have this discussion updated in the Hang With Friends Group --

here is the link

http://www.atheistnexus.org/group/hangwithfriends/forum/topics/bast...

That is great news Dr. Kellie. Love those Aggies - I have family who graduated from Texas A&M. Are you part of the vet team?
I'm not right now, but they have plenty of vets. 

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