For those interested, this is an update as of 6 p.m. Tuesday, June 21st for the Texas wildfires. The ones closest to me were called the Bearing Fire and the Powerline Fire.
The Powerline Fire within 100 miles of me is now 75% contained after hitting 3,500 acres. The East Texas area(where I live in) has received some rain today with more chances of rain tonight and tomorrow so hopefully this will help get the fires under control.
The Bearing Fire that is within 20-25 miles of me is now 60% contained after destroying 20,222 acres. The rain has said to be a great relief in their efforts at getting it that far.
Sadly, there are much more fires all throughout Texas, New Mexico and Arizona currently. In fact, Texas Forest Service currently is responding to 22 large fires that have burned 132,750 acres. If you’re interested in any fires close to your area, visit incidiweb.org. You can find detailed information about any fires there.
Humans are said to cause almost 90% of all wildfires and with summer just now arriving in the States, the 4th of July coming soon and possibly more hot, dry weather, it’s a good idea to obey any burn bans in your area and take precautions to keep your home and property safe. Firewise.org is a great resource for information on how to do just that.
Stay safe this summer and sign the pledge at SmokeyBear.com to help stop wildfires! There’s already been over 34 million acres burned in the U.S. this year and still counting! I signed the pledge, will you?
*Message to parents: Your kids might want to check out the Smokey Kids section on the site!*