Fires break out across Central Texas

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posted on Sep, 4 2011 @ 11:11 PM
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Fires broke out across Central Texas Sunday. The hot, dry, windy conditions made the job that much harder for firefighters.

Authorities say 14,000 acres have burned in Bastrop, destroying 300 homes. The fire is near FM 1441 and Highway 21. People in the areas of Wilderness Ridge, Cedar Creek and Alan Creek were evacuated. Four shelters have been set up in the Bastrop area for evacuees.

An estimated 2,000 to 3,000 acres of 6,500-acre Bastrop State Park have been burned in the ongoing Bastrop County wildfire.

Another fire on Griffin League Ranch is moving south and forced the evacuation of all homes on Schwantz Ranch Road, Old Potato Road and all Highway 21 homes east to Paige.

A large fire also started in Spicewood. It's off of Haynie Flat Road near the Barton Springs Lake area. All crews in the area are battling the fire. Evacuations were issued.

All 13 Travis County fire departments worked on grass or brush fires Sunday.


www.kvue.com...

This is a couple hundred miles south of me, but the conditions are the same here.. add to that the 20MPH wind gusts today.. my lips are chapped and everyone is using eye drops. I wouldn't be surprised if this happens in the north texas area as well.

Best wishes to those in the Austin area. Be careful and don't burn up.










posted on Sep, 4 2011 @ 11:16 PM
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The land next to my friends home was on fire last night (brazos county)? Luckily the got it out! I was so worried about winds!



posted on Sep, 4 2011 @ 11:19 PM
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Same here.. some friends in the bastrop area were evacuated. It's not good.. especially in the middle of a drought.. all the lakes are kinda low to begin with.

Quote from them: "No one in the Austin area is safe, it's that bad. Ready for the winds to go away."
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posted on Sep, 4 2011 @ 11:25 PM
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I watched the map of TS Lee with jaw-dropping amazement as, when it reached Texas, it just scattered away to nothing on its western side. There is not enough moisture in Texas, anywhere, to even power a thunderstorm. Our state is very, very sick.


/TOA



posted on Sep, 4 2011 @ 11:25 PM
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In the Steiner Ranch subdivision in Austin, TX has lost 25 homes
Cedar Park (N. of Austin) has lost 2 homes
I'm listening to the live feed now, and many more structures are burning as I type this.

If anyone wants to listen in:
Live Feed



posted on Sep, 4 2011 @ 11:30 PM
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I lived in Austin off and on for 2 years, cant say im surprised. I hope nobody gets killed.



posted on Sep, 4 2011 @ 11:39 PM
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Scheduled to be in Austin in a few days.

Hopefully fire will be under controlled by then.

To those in the area, stay safe.



posted on Sep, 5 2011 @ 12:05 AM
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There is a dry front moving through tonight that will bring 30 mph winds according to reports. Please contact family and stay aware of the situation. It would also be a good idea to get gas tonight so you can avoid the crowd tomorrow in case you have to evacuate.

For continuing coverage, stay updated with www.newsradioklbj.com...

Stay safe my fellow central Texans!

edit: They just switched to coasttocoast am but stated they would break in with any news. If anybody has another link, please share.
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posted on Sep, 5 2011 @ 08:53 AM
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Things are really bad here in my neck of the woods also.
I must have woken up a dozen times last night, smelling smoke. It's extremely nervewracking. I keep thinking "what do I grab" if they come tell us to evac. I have chickens and dogs and cats and a horse. Wish it would RAIN already!

Wildfire Destroys 1,600 Acres, 2 Homes
www.click2houston.com...
Wind-Driven Fires Kill Woman, Baby In East Texas
www.click2houston.com...



posted on Sep, 5 2011 @ 09:40 AM
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posted on Sep, 5 2011 @ 09:42 AM
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This is a very bad situation -
my heart goes out to those
in the path of the fires. Stay
safe my Texas friends.



posted on Sep, 5 2011 @ 09:53 AM
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Here in Austin also. Several friends have been evacuated. Its pretty crazy I'm not too far from one of the many fires. Its not looking good here folks



posted on Sep, 5 2011 @ 12:15 PM
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Not good at all. I hope all our members and their friends remain safe. I don't know if you folks have seen the drought maps of the US, but Texas is (literally) one big disaster. maps here



posted on Sep, 5 2011 @ 02:22 PM
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I was in Palestine Saturday visiting family. The wind began picking up from the tropical storm and as soon as I noticed that the rain was gong to completely miss most of east Texas, I looked at my dad and told him..."all of east texas is gunna be ablaze tomorrow."

Sure enough, as I was driving back to Dallas the next afternoon, I probably passed 20 emergency vehicles and saw 6 separate fires, 2 of which were extremely large and 1 of those was headed straight for a busy little city (Corsicana). It didn't look pretty. All I could think about were those people, especially the elderly, that weren't aware of the incoming danger, as these fires were moving extremely fast.



posted on Sep, 5 2011 @ 02:25 PM
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This site providing some good info .


www.facebook.com...

Current TX Fire Map
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posted on Sep, 5 2011 @ 02:28 PM
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Maybe Rick Perry should pray more. I forgot, he's not actually a Christian. He's a fraud and a liar.


I hope everyone stays safe. Keep love in your heart, and god in your mind.



posted on Sep, 5 2011 @ 03:04 PM
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I live in Austin, we're surrounded by these fires. Here are a few insane videos of the fires. Not mine. Sorry, don't know how to imbed.

www.youtube.com...#

www.cnn.com.../video/us/2011/09/05/tx-wildfire-homes-destroyed.cnn
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posted on Sep, 5 2011 @ 03:10 PM
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Originally posted by Abney
I live in Austin, we're surrounded by these fires. Here are a few insane videos of the fires. Not mine. Sorry, don't know how to imbed.

www.youtube.com...#

www.cnn.com.../video/us/2011/09/05/tx-wildfire-homes-destroyed.cnn
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put in a yvid tag... for example, [ yvid]wELdKgk80e8[ yvid] gets you



www.youtube.com...



posted on Sep, 5 2011 @ 03:39 PM
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What roads is best to get into Austin coming from East Texas?
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posted on Sep, 5 2011 @ 04:32 PM
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The size of some of these fires look gigantic. I was watching the news a few minutes ago and saw their video and I was just wow'ed. Just as the video above about the fire crossing the highway in Bastrop, the fires cover up nearly half of the sky










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