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Name: Linda
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LindaTX8
Sep 7, 2011 4:13 PM CST
Just hoping this one doesn't get out of control the way the Bastrop fire did!
http://www.kens5.com/news/local/BREAKING-Another-wildfire-bu...
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Name: Porkpal
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Sep 7, 2011 9:19 PM CST
Oh No! There is one south of here near Needville that started this morning, but I think they are saying that it is mostly contained. Our sky has been hazy and smokey all day.
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Name: Sandi
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Bubbles
Sep 7, 2011 9:42 PM CST

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Linda that looks kind of close to you. Hope you 'e watching the roads and keeping up with the news. At least there's not much wind tonight. Please check in in the morning and give us an update.
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vic
Sep 8, 2011 4:29 AM CST
I came to the Texas forum looking for updates on the wildfires.

I just looked at the tracking on TS Nate and it looks like SE Texas might get some of it. Praying it has enough oomph to go a little further NW and put out the fires and give all of you a good long soaking rain.
Name: Linda
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LindaTX8
Sep 8, 2011 8:09 AM CST
It's not close. They're saying it's contained, but they'll be watching for new problems for several days. At least S.A. area has one advantage...they have a whole city of regular FDs to draw from, plus in this case the military was involved, since it endangered two military camps, Bullis and Stanley. In the Bastrop area, what fire-fighting units they had available was never adequate at any point (although they did pretty good with what they did have), hopefully now that the feds are there it can be contained.
I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority. E. B.White
Integrity can never be taken. It can only be given, and I wasn't going to give it up to these people. Gary Mowad
Name: Sandi
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Bubbles
Sep 8, 2011 9:17 AM CST

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Well, that's a relief. I looked at the map and thought it was close to your area.

There's still so much "stuff" in the air here. DH has asthma, so I was clucking yesterday every time he went outside. By 10 PM, he had a sore throat and sounded like he had the flu. He changed the AC filters at 10:30 last night. 'Sounds awful this morning.

Good to see you over here vic! Keep praying for rain. Our water bill for Dec. was for 4000 gallons. Last month it was for 18000. I think DH will soon put ME on watering restrictions of his own. I dream of the day when I can say, "Will this rain ever stop? I'm so sick of not seeing the sun!"
Name: Linda
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LindaTX8
Sep 8, 2011 10:16 AM CST
I remember those days...we had some in fall 2009 and early in 2010. Maybe someday...
I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority. E. B.White
Integrity can never be taken. It can only be given, and I wasn't going to give it up to these people. Gary Mowad
Name: Sandi
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Bubbles
Sep 8, 2011 10:24 AM CST

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I agree
Name: Sandi
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Bubbles
Sep 8, 2011 8:27 PM CST

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Is the wildfire out, Linda?
Name: Linda
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LindaTX8
Sep 8, 2011 9:28 PM CST
They were back out to Camp Stanley/Camp Bullis area today to try to control more flareups...don't know when it'll be really over. And south of S.A., another fire started with 4 houses burned down. With Bastrop area fires still going in some places, it's just so depressing! I can't imagine having to quickly leave your home and not know if there will be anything left when you get back!
I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority. E. B.White
Integrity can never be taken. It can only be given, and I wasn't going to give it up to these people. Gary Mowad
Name: Sandi
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Bubbles
Sep 8, 2011 9:57 PM CST

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And it's so random. One house burned to the ground, and next door the table still had their dinner waiting for them with the table set and food on plates.
We heard El Nina is back too.
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Sep 8, 2011 10:34 PM CST
NO!!!
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careyana
Sep 8, 2011 10:44 PM CST
That's what NOAA is saying porkpal. :(

Sandi did you hear about the small fire on 360/Bull Creek today? Blinking
A couple of friends live near there on Lakewood and were in a panic.

http://www.kvue.com/younews/129476033.html
Name: Linda
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LindaTX8
Sep 9, 2011 8:03 AM CST
IMHO, La Nina never left! It's "return" was a cover-up for a mistake made by the weather forecasting people. Definition of La Nina: a meteorological phenomenon consisting of sending the rain that drought-stricken central Texas clearly needs so badly to other parts of the country that DON'T need it, causing floods. Don't get me started on that! Did you hear? Our Texas summer was the hottest ever seen in the U.S. No surprise, I guess.
I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority. E. B.White
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Name: Sandi
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Bubbles
Sep 9, 2011 8:28 AM CST

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Didn't see that, but we had company for dinner and I missed the news until 10. That's pretty scary...and way too close.

Oop! La Nina, not El Nina. My Spaglish...not so good!
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mamajack
Sep 9, 2011 10:42 AM CST
just so folks will know .........there is a girl in victoria offering to shelter horses that are in danger if anyone has a need. also she says there is money for hay to be had as well for these horses. i think that's what she said. if anyone does have a need lmk and i'll give you the info i have.

and linda i did read that our summer broke all the records. it has been particulary nasty this year. i always expect it to be awful in summer. and i always live through it with the hope of sept. rain. not happening this year. Crying

we have had 2 fires at least out on 30 between rockwall and fate. one was due to a travel trailer burning completely up. all that was left was the frame. it was being towed by a pick up truck. not sure how that got started. nothing out of control here though.
Name: Linda
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LindaTX8
Sep 10, 2011 7:15 AM CST
Thanks, Barb...it's a shame our 4-footed friends have to suffer during these times. I posted yesterday somewhere on another thread about a donkey rescue in Texas.
One of the latest fires...getting closer, but still nothing out here...I'm thanking the Lord for that. These are scary times.
http://www.mysanantonio.com/slideshows/news/slideshow/Texas-...
I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority. E. B.White
Integrity can never be taken. It can only be given, and I wasn't going to give it up to these people. Gary Mowad
Name: Sandi
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Bubbles
Sep 10, 2011 1:15 PM CST

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I tree-mailed this to Charleen/Ridesaredmule to see if she knew anyone who was rescuing mules. He was burned in the Bastrop fire. Looks like all the rescue groups are overwhelmed.

http://s1096.photobucket.com/albums/g328/JWBitler/?action=vi...
Name: Linda
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LindaTX8
Sep 10, 2011 4:45 PM CST
That's terrible...and many, many people didn't have time to get all their pets and livestock before they left. There's probably a lot of them that got burned...not to mention the poor wildlife, too! My sister has been posting on Facebook about animal rescue groups or shelters near fire zones that had to evacuate all their animals. All the animal shelters and animal foster families in Texas are even more overwhelmed than normal. DS and her daughter are big animal rescue activists.
I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority. E. B.White
Integrity can never be taken. It can only be given, and I wasn't going to give it up to these people. Gary Mowad
Name: Sandi
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Bubbles
Sep 10, 2011 5:57 PM CST

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We just got back from a donation center set up in WalMart's parking lot SW of here . We had a really nice car seat that DGS had just recently outgrown, among other stuff. They were so excited about the car seat, that we've come home to hunt down any other grand parents around us that also have 'em sitting in the garage. Well intentioned donations of drapes, furniture and clothing are nice, but if you don't have a home or a place to store clothes under your cot at the local church, gift cards work better.

I believe people think that the folks who lost their homes still have their cars and trucks. They mostly have nothing. When the deputies knocked on their doors, the fire was already at the back door for most of them. Cars, animals,everything had to be left behind. The sad part is knowing your animals need water more than food and you aren't allowed to go back even to give them water. One dog on TV last night was found sitting in front of his owners' burned out home covered in ashes....waiting. His paws and legs are burned, and no one has claimed him yet.

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