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{June 21, 2011}   Fire Update

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!*

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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.~



{March 28, 2011}   Do things happen for a reason?

I believe they truly do. I have seen things in my own life to prove that. Most of my friends and family already know this story from my life but I thought I would share it with others.

My post yesterday along with the daily prompt yesterday brought this up in my head. The daily prompt yesterday asked about how on fire have you been…metaphorically or literally. Thankfully, I have never been literally on fire but I came close. Others may debate my story but I know the truth.

I was 11 years old and living with my mom, dad, and older brother in Austin, Texas. It was the summer of  ’94 and we were going to be moving in a few months to Lufkin, Texas to be closer to my grandma who was bedridden. Late in the evening one night, I was in the living room watching TV, my mom and brother were in the house somewhere and my dad was sleeping. My brother asked my mom about getting something from the grocery store so her and my brother were going to run there real quick and be back later. I asked if I could go along too and I was told no. Normally I would have just pouted and let it go but for some reason, I really wanted to go to the store with them that night. I cried and pouted and the answer was still NO. I got clever and decided to sneak out to the van and hid so I could go. Needless to say, I ended up going along with them, much to my mother’s disapproval.

When we returned from the store and turned on to our block, we saw fire trucks with flashing lights everywhere and I didn’t understand what was going on. We stopped and got out and we all realized our house had caught fire. My dad had gotten out and he was alright but the firefighters were working on the fire and all the smoke. I remember being in shock almost and very scared. It was a very surreal thing for me to imagine our house and all our belongings being up in smoke. I had a moment to think about the fact I could have been in the house and was relieved I wasn’t even though everyone seemed to think I could have woke my dad up sooner and got help quicker.

As the details of how the fire started reached my ears, I couldn’t help but get chills, though. The fire was caused by an electrical short in the stove in our kitchen. It blew up, causing the fire. Behind the stove was a wall, of course and on the other side was a recliner chair. To be more specific, my favorite recliner chair that I had been sitting in earlier, I ALWAYS sat in and if I had not left, I would have stayed sitting there watching TV. The wall was destroyed….so was that chair. I KNEW in my heart that I was meant to leave that house. I had a very strong overpowering feeling that led me to tears that I needed to get out of that house. And I knew when I heard what happened that if I had stayed, I would have died. There was no doubt in my mind then and there is still none to this day.

Family members have disagreed with me and said they think I would have been fine but they don’t know that feeling I had that night. They didn’t experience that overwhelming feeling I had when I KNEW that I had escaped death. They don’t have to believe if they don’t want to. Nothing will change the fact that I know that I was meant to not be there. I truly believe God and his angels were watching out for me and got not only me, but my mom and brother out so we wouldn’t have been in any danger.  My dad was asleep all the way on the other end of the house during it but God also got him out safely too and allowed him to call for help.

Our old house was fixed and remodeled some and now my middle sister and her family live there. We lost some things but were pretty lucky to have not lost more than we did.

I will always believe things happen for a reason and I will never believe it was coincidence that saved my life that night.



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