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{June 18, 2011}   In dire need of rain

Another triple digit day here in Texas with no rain in sight. To make matters worse, there are 2? separate wildfires within 30-50 miles of me currently.

One of the fires apparently occurred last night and got to 80% contained only to have high winds and dry conditions spread the fire. On my last look to the news page, they had it 20% contained. We are within 30 miles of this fire and the sky is dark from the smoke in the distance and ashes are falling randomly at different places in my city and a few alongside it. I can smell the smoke and it’s a very surreal moment. Although I know the fires are still aways from us here, I also know the ashes could spark another fire if they touch dry enough grass. Our week has been full of 100 degree days…merely 15 minutes ago, it was 102 here. Rain has not fallen here in awhile either and we are under a burn ban. So it’s a creepy feeling realizing that you’re so close to a big disaster and could very possibly be affected by it. It’s one thing seeing stuff on TV, but quite another thing being directly involved.

Maybe that’s a very selfish thing to admit. The idea that watching a disaster on TV doesn’t put things in perspective as much as actually being directly involved with it. It’s my honest view, though.

Last I heard, the county that I live in is in no direct danger at the moment, but with ashes falling on dry grass, there’s still a chance of trouble. Having already lost a home at 11 to a fire, the idea of losing another scares me. I pray that we will get some very much needed rain soon. Not only for our area but all areas on fire at this time. I pray for these fires to be ended as soon as possible with as little loss as possible. I feel so much for those that have already lost homes and businesses to fires.

Please keep Texas in your thoughts and prayers right now!

nrhatch says:

You’re my 3rd blogging friend to be in close proximity to falling ashes from fires ~ Granny in South Africa and Kate in England both had similar situations around them . . . and both lived to tell the tale.

I’m keeping my fingers crossed that you get some much needed rain soon. 😀

Thanks! It’s a scary situation.

I’m sure that is scary. And it is different to live where the disaster is occurring than to read it in the news. I hope you get some rain soon!

Me too! Last I heard, both fires were still going and 0% chance of rain in the forecast until Tuesday. 😦

I’ll tell you what’s really freaky about wildfires. When they’re so close you can see 100-foot high flames 5 blocks away from your house! This happened to me in October 2003 in San Diego. A quarter of the county burned down (and it’s a huge county) and something like 2500 homes burned down. Even though my own town was surrounded by fires on 3 sides, we didn’t lose one single house and we only had one fire engine left in town! The power lines to half of my town burned down and I lost power for 3 days.

Another freaky thing about wildfires. When there’s so much smoke and so many ashes in the sky that you can directly look at the sun without sunglasses, and all you see is a large pink circle. Amazing sight I honestly never want to see again.
Good luck on your end and keep listening to the news. Wildfires move very quickly, especially as winds shift unpredictably. Looking forward to hear everything is OK.

Yea, I saw that pink circle you were talking about yesterday and I had friends that had burned leaves falling in their yards. Last I heard, both fires were still going and the one nearest us has hit 14,000 acres so far and only 40% contained. 😦 Also 0% percent chance of rain forecasted until Tuesday so I’m praying for a miracle! 😦
I hope the fire doesn’t get close enough for me to see the flames…I’ve seen some pics. of the fires near us and…that’s scary enough!

eof737 says:

I pray you get some much needed rain and that your home is protected…. Please keep us posted on the developments.

So far my city hasn’t been directly effected by any fires but other areas around me have. At one point yesterday, there were about 4 different fires going within a 100 mile radius of me. Now I think it’s just back to the 2 main ones. The one within 20 miles of me has hit over 18,000 acres and is now said to be the biggest wildfire in East Texas history. It’s about 40% contained and with the heat and winds still heavy, there’s a chance they could lose even THAT progress. There was about a 20% chance of rain today but so far, nothing. Tomorrow is a better chance for rain…we have scattered thunderstorms in the forecast. The resources have pretty much been exhausted and they are primarily protecting structures at the moment. It looks like the fires will NOT be put out without rain……so still praying for it!

The Hook says:

You’re in my prayers, young lady.

I appreciate it! Thanks so much!

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