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Saturday, April 16, 2011

Fires in West Texas

The fires were scary, we are still getting smoked out from time to time, but the smoke is from backfires being purposely set to deprive the fire of fuel. This fire started last Saturday, today was the first time since that day that I have been able to go into town, I was able to see the local extent of the fire, and I must say that it got closer than I even knew, it's amazing the amount of devastation from the fire. I am amazed at how many acres and miles of blackened earth I saw on my way to town. I did see a few burned buildings, homes and other structures.

I saw miles of destroyed fencing, this ordinarily keeps cattle inside, between the burned out fencing and the fact that many of the fences were purposely cut to allow the cattle to escape the fire, I saw signs from time to time that warned of loose cattle. I did see one dead cow on the side of the road, but it didn't appear to be burned, I think it was hit by a car.

I also saw how the ranchers out here come together to help one another, normally when going to town, I might see a few head of cattle here and there, you never saw very many in any particular area, today while going to town, I noticed that in several of the ranches that still had intact fencing and unburned grass, there were many times more cattle than normal, these ranchers had taken in the cattle that had no where else to go. It's heartening to see how people pull together in a time of crises and need.

I took some video of the ride to town, of course the videos do not do it justice, the miles of charred ground...
Normally I say "enjoy", but this time I'll just say "watch".

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  1. I'm thankful you are safe and that the fire did not touch your place!

  2. I feel so bad for the people who lost their homes. I had a house fire and you think of things years later and think "where is that" and you realize it is gone..

  3. Thank you for showing us a little view of some of the aftermath!

    My heart hurts to see all that damage, but it sings again to know you and yours escaped any harm!

    You take care, my friend!

  4. Yikes. Glad you're safe. How scary that it's jumping roads. I know when we had our huge fire out here, the roads were so important as firebreaks - we would have had so many more homes lost.

    HOping they can get it under control soon.
    Stay safe!!!


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