Sunday, April 10, 2011

North and West Texas Goes Poof!

There is a 25,000 acre brush fire around Fort Davis, Texas. The fire started south of town around Highway 17 and is spreading east. My Dad lives west of the state park off of Highway 118. There is no electricity since the fire destroyed power lines. It is said that forty structures, likely houses, have been destroyed.

There is a worse fire burning in far North Texas that is about 165 square miles in size. There's likely no relief in sight. It is thought that a pipe cutter started the North Texas fire. The cause of the Fort Davis fire is unknown, but it's likely some idiot disposed of a lit cigarette butt. Texas had a rather wet year last year and an extremely dry winter and spring, so there was lots of dry vegetation ready to combust.

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Hi John

I hope your Dad is OK?

Pete
 
Pete,

He's fine. They have power, though my sister and her husband took a generator to them. Here's a picture of the fire:
http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/metropolitan/7519089.html . I believe that they are west of the fire. He thought that it was heading north.

Thanks for your concern,

John
 
Tahts good.

My only memory of West Texas, stretching back to 1975, was visiting a Dairy Queen in San Angelo. Very welcome on a hot day.

Pete
 
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