Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Texas is Burning...

Photo courtesy of Reuters

I should be submitting my final Dyneema Experience post in which I campaign hard to be chosen for the Master Class in Spain. I should be writing another blog post telling you all about the turning point we have reached in the refit. We will file those under "low priority" just now.  Instead, I'm trying to locate friends and family who have been evacuated, finding safe haven for their animals and livestock and keeping a watchful eye on our local conditions.

Yesterday we had a grass fire 3 miles away. Our house smelled of wood fire and was surrounded by haze but we were lucky. The fire was contained. 2 months ago we had a fire break out just 500 yards from our home. Thick clouds of smoke blanketed our street but once again, we were lucky and the fire was contained. There are other areas that have not been so fortunate.I'm keeping my fingers crossed as the Tropical Storm Lee winds which have fueled these fires have quieted down today.

To put it in perspective, Texas has lost an an area equivalent to the State of Connecticut or to the island of Jamaica. Not only have we had 2 deaths reported but countless forests, wildlife, homes, businesses and livestock are just- gone. So while I wait to hear the status of friends and family, I'm a bit distracted. If you want to know what you can do to help those who have lost their homes, donate here: Central Texas Red Cross . Yes, it really is that bad.

Oh and if you can send rain, that would be even better.


  1. That's scarier than earthquakes and hurricanes put together. I am hoping things fare well for your friends and neighbors and of course for you. Hang in there and be safe!

  2. I can't believe the areas I was admiring on the way up on Friday look like that now. I was thinking of how beautiful it all looked, and how remarkable considering the drought. It was so pretty up there; it's so sad.

  3. I am dumbfounded. We've been without internet or TV for the past week with the move, and I plug in tonight to find out the whole state is burning down. It's so scary!