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{June 19, 2011}   Father’s Day, Fires and Frustrating People!

First of all, Happy Father’s Day to all the fathers out there, the REAL ones who encompass what being a father really means. In other words, the ones that are there for their kids when they need them providing love and support. The ones that work their butts off to make the best lives for their kids. Here’s a toast to you!

I’ve never been really close with my dad. He gripes a lot and worries too much and pretty much always gets on my nerves, but he worked all his life for his family to have things and he never beat me or my mom. He never went out partying or got drunk so overall, he was a good dad and that’s more than I can say for other ones out there.

For some unfortunate people near me, this is not a happy Father’s Day, for sure. The two fires near the city I live in are still burning, one from 100 miles away in one direction, the other a mere 20-25 miles. The biggest one is the one closest to me and started Friday from an overheated wheel bearing. On Friday night, they had it 80% contained but lost control of it yesterday and now it is only 40% contained. The last update had it at 15,000 acres burned. It is now the second largest wildfire in East Texas history with a mere 800 acres separating it from becoming the biggest ever on record.

It’s currently 101 degrees here and much hotter where the fires blaze on. With 0% percent chance of rain in the forecast until Tuesday, it might take a miracle for the fires to be completely put out.

Front Line photo of fire submitted on KTRE News site

Fire crossing a road in Trinity County

Smoke seen from miles away...this is a Lowe's in the city I live

A shot of the "pink sun" in Lufkin...where I live

Obviously, our area and those around us are under a burn ban. With the grass as dry as it is outside, the heat and the wind, even one little spark could get out of control starting yet another fire. And our resources are very limited right now, as you can imagine.

As I was looking at the news site on my Facebook, I noticed a woman who was frustrated with having to tell people to quit burning. Apparently, they have had a problem with people not obeying even when it should be so obvious to them that it’s a dumb idea. I agree with her and would think everyone else would, too. But then there followed a response about the cause of the fire not being from people burning, but a wheel bearing. Then came another one that said the writer encouraging people NOT to burn should read the comment about the fire being caused by a wheel bearing.

My jaw dropped! I couldn’t believe what I was reading! Are people really that crazy? Are there really people out there that would jump to the side of people burning because THAT was not what started the fire?

I guess I shouldn’t be so surprised, really. The lack of intelligence never ceases to amaze me. People that utter such nonsense as this is the reason behind the rumors of Southerners or Texans, in general, being dumb. Believe me when I say that we are NOT all devoid of common sense like these people that said such nonsense. Some of us are actually quite smart. But I have found some quote, unquote, douchebags, like my blog buddy, The Hook seems to find a vast quantity of on a regular basis. ~Sighs~ Such horror!

For now, I will be hoping against hope that the weather men are wrong and rain will come anyways. We need it so bad.

You might have heard the song that says, “The stars at night are big and bright…deep in the heart of Texas.” Well…they usually are but last night, no stars were seen in my neck of the woods. They were all blanketed by heavy smoke clouds from miles away. I pray that tonight the stars will shine again.

~All photos are straight from ktre.com, which is one of the news stations near me following the fire. The photos were viewer submitted to the website.~

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rutheh says:

Hope rain comes your way soon. Sorry about the terrible fires.



Thanks! I’m praying hard for that rain!



nrhatch says:

Here’s hoping that the rain comes soon ~ to give you relief from the heat and to put out the fires. Too bad the smoke clouds aren’t rain clouds ~ it looks like a storm brewing rather than smoke spewing.

Are people having trouble breathing due to the smoke?



Even the radar is picking up the smoke clouds and mistaking them for rain clouds when they’re not. I’m sure people outdoors might have been having problems breathing. The smoke has blown in another direction from us now so we aren’t getting as much of it but the fires are STILL going and no rain. There’s a chance tomorrow will bring rain, though.



I am sorry to hear about the fires. I am guessing you are in Arizona, based on the news coverage I have heard. It’s one thing when a fire is out of your control, its another thing when you can control fire. In this case, people should be more respectful of what they can do not to make things worse. Good luck.



No, I am in Texas. About 20 miles away from what is now the biggest wildfire in East Texas history. I guess we’re not making the big news here….but it’s hit over 18,000 acres so far and only 40% contained. No real chance of rain until tomorrow….been going since Friday.



eof737 says:

Oh boy… I do pray the fires subside… what a nightmare for everyone… I do pray for rain too…
Happy Father’s Day to your dad!
Eliz



Thanks for the prayers and the Happy Father’s Day for my dad! You’re so sweet!



I hope you’re staying inside as much as you can, to not breathe the smoke. That’s some nasty stuff, even if it’s mostly trees right now. Nice pink sun photo, that’s exactly what I was talking about. Very surreal, especially when you see this in the middle of the day.
I hear you about the stupidity of people trying to defend burning. In San Diego county, burning is illegal 100% of the year. Why add to the already high risk, especially if it means taking away precious resources to battle a fire in your backyard?
I don’t know how your current fire started but I can recall the two largest San Diego fires being started by human: one with a burning cigarette thrown out of a car on a freeway, the other by a “lost” hunter who fired a flare. They both win the Darwin awards.



Yea, I have stayed inside as much as I can. The smoke has blown in an opposite direction at the moment so the skies look pretty normal. This makes it kind of strange since I know the danger is still so near yet there’s less signs of it from my side of town now.
I wish they made burning illegal at least throughout the summer when it’s dry like this. I’m afraid when July 4th hits because right now, all fireworks are banned for that day except some at the zoo that are going to be monitored carefully but there are idiots around here that will probably do it anyways!
The fire nearest me started from a wheel bearing that sparked and the spark hit the grass, set it on fire and it got out of control. The other big fire was speculated to have been started by some idiots doing target practice at a propane tank?!
It’s dumb “rednecks” like that that give our area a bad name…..I just don’t know what to say other than shake my head and wonder why some people were allowed to procreate!



Wow, I’m sorry that all that is going on and hope you are able to stay safe!



It’s crazy, huh? Hoping for some relief soon!



The Hook says:

Great post and awesome pics. Your honesty is refreshing.



Thanks! You’re such a nice commenter on my posts! I’m glad you appreciate my honesty, cause that’s me! Honest! 🙂



We just got a Code Red Air alert due to smoke from fires in my county in NC… Craziness…

We’ll have to google fire dances…



Do you mean rain dances? Never heard of fire dances…but it wouldn’t be anything new that I would be confused!
Fires in NC too? Geez! 😦



I totally meant RAIN dances…. doh…. Sorry….



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