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Alert: Texas Is Burning From Border to Border- Oklahoma also Being Threatened

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posted on Apr, 20 2011 @ 12:31 PM

Million acres scorched after wildfires blaze for a week. Now towns are put on red alert

Cost of containing fires throughout the state has spiralled to more than $8million
22 separate blazes burning throughout Texas
One fire in Stephen County increased in acreage by nearly 90,000 in just 24 hours
Hundreds have been evacuated and fears grow of flames spreading to big cities
Some fires burning dangerously close to Oklahoma border, where conditions are also ripe for spread
Rain forecast for next few days giving weary firefighters some hope

Wildfires, raging for more than a week in Texas, have so far burned through a million acres of land and racked up more than $8million in containment costs.

Firefighters continue to battle some 22 separate blazes throughout the state, with some dangerously close to the Oklahoma border. Homes have been gutted, animals killed and hundreds of residents have been forced to leave their homes because of the advancing flames.

One of the wildfires in PK West, Stephens County, increased in size by a staggering 87,238 acres in just 24 hours - a 144 per cent increase.

Even prisons have been emptied in some towns. The drought-stricken state, that experienced its driest March on record, is desperately hoping for the rain that has been forecast in the coming days.

Visit link for some amazing pictures.

Residents are being evacuated in many towns, and conditions are ripe for continued fire spreading. Final warning to Texas ?
Just kidding.

But seriously folks, this bears notice. If you are in Texas or Oklahoma, stay alert and keep up with this.

posted on Apr, 20 2011 @ 12:47 PM
Thanks for the heads up TA.

I live in Texas and I have seen the fires personally. The place I work at was surrounded by brush fires no less than a mile away. Luckily, our brave firefighters and volunteers have done more than anyone could have asked them to do. Hats off to you guys!

I would just like to ask that if you live in Texas...or anywhere for that matter, to toss your cig. butts in the ash tray and not out the window. I know it's a small thing to ask, but most of the fires I've seen have started along side the highways and then spread to residential areas.

So, please fellow Texans, keep your butts inside!

posted on Apr, 20 2011 @ 01:21 PM
I have seen a forest fire up close,fortuneatly I was in my car,and no one was hurt in the incident,just got some paint crackling on one side of my car.
But the thing that those awesome and terrifying photos in the OP cannot convey is the deathly thunder and popping noises as trees literally boil and explode.

That is something to behold,
but to have that encroaching onto your property as in some of those photos...
That must be hell on earth.

I hope there are no more deaths from these fires.

posted on Apr, 20 2011 @ 04:14 PM
reply to post by CastleMadeOfSand

That sounds like good advice. If things get too spark...but a cig butt?
Instant torch.

Glad all is well with you and keep us updated if you hear anything new on this, thanks!
edit on Wed Apr 20th 2011 by TrueAmerican because: (no reason given)

posted on Apr, 25 2011 @ 06:27 PM
Hot weather forecast for Texas as battle against wildfires continues

Hot, dry weather returns to Texas this week, whisking away the limited relief scattered thunderstorms brought to firefighters in parts of the Lone Star state over the weekend.

In a trifecta of potentially bad news for fire crews, the Texas Forest Service said a low-pressure system will push temperatures into the 90s, humidity to 10% or less and winds up to 45 mph on Monday and Tuesday.

The conditions have prompted the National Weather Service to issue a red flag warning for a large portion of west Texas, urging residents to avoid the use of open flames and to avoid activities that may generate sparks.

Because of the hot temperatures, bone-dry conditions and high winds, "accidental ignitions will have the potential to grow quickly into dangerous wind-driven wildfires," the weather service said.

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