PROJECT HELP TEXAS | WILDFIRES

The Texas Forest Service quickly put things in perspective with this statement: "This is unprecedented fire behavior. No one on the face of this Earth has ever fought fires in these extreme conditions." Texas Forest Service posts staggering facts:

  • Yesterday Texas Forest Service responded to 22 new fires
  • In the past 7 days, Texas Forest Service has responded to 181 fires for 118,413 acres.
  • In the past 48 hours, more than 700 homes have been destroyed.

 

Overnight, the Texas wildfires have taken a devastating turn, with no relief in sight. Over 7,000 residents have been evacuated, 1,000 homes burned to the ground, schools closed, and many more structures in danger of being destroyed. The Texas Wildfires are sweeping through the state of Texas at an alarming rate of 85 in the past week alone.

Suffering the worst drought since the 1950's and the unforgiving weather combination of heat, wind, and lack of rain, Texas is tinder-dry and in a desperate state of emergency. An estimated 3 million square acres of Texas have burned since December of 2010. The Texas town of Bastrop has experienced the largest single fire destruction in Texas history. Tropical Storm Lee brought 40-mile-per-hour winds, making the firefighters' fight to save residences impossible and the burning of homes inevitable.

A 20-year old woman and her daughter were killed when a fire tore through their mobile home park, with others narrowly escaping with their lives. Resources are near depletion and the state of Texas needs disaster relief.

In 2003, FEMA warned of such a disaster, fearing the vast development of new homes, on semi-arid ridges, surrounded by dried-out plants and trees, could cause a wildfire catastrophe. The FEMA statement looms today: "Simply stated, the conditions ... as we find them today may be perfect for a natural wildfire disaster of significant (and prophetic) proportions," as reported in 2003.

Governor Rick Perry, was forced to cut short a presidential campaign trip to South Carolina due to the Texas wildfires.

Join Help the Children in our Project Help Texas Wildfires. We ask, not only for your support and prayers, but also for financial donations, so that we may ship disaster relief supplies to the survivors of these devastating Texas Wildfires.

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UPDATES: Texas Wildfires

September 7, 2011

11 large fires continue to burn in Texas:

Bastrop County
Bear Creek, Cass County
101 Ranch, Palo Pinto County
Pendernales Bend (Spicewood), Travis County
Delhi, Caldwell County
Riley Road, Grimes/Montgomery/Waller Counties
Henderson, Anderson County
Leon County (Concord Robbins)
Nacogdoches County
Arbor, Houston County
Limestone County

 


 

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