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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Texas is burning from East to West and North to South

"We're actually seeing Texas burn from border to border. We've got it in West Texas, in East Texas, in North Texas, in South Texas - it's all over the state," Texas Forest Service spokeswoman April Saginor told CNN Radio. "We've got one in the Dallas area that's four fires that have actually merged together."

Why is TX burning?

Its dryand that a big part of why! 
West Texas averages nearly 15 inches of rain a year, according to Hennig. In the past six months, only 13 hundredths of an inch of rain has been recorded in that part of the state. While October through March is typically the dry season, that amount of rainfall is way below what it should be, Hennig said.
"Even if we get two inches of rain the ground's going to eat it up," said David Hennig, a National Weather Service meteorologist in Midland, Texas. "We need a pattern shift."

 One of the many fires burning ....
The Texas Forest Service says the wildfire around Possum Kingdom Lake has swallowed 150 homes and a church as it's churned through 150,000 acres. Another 400 people were evacuated last night, from the town of Palo Pinto.
The Possum Kingdom Lake fire is only one of several massive blazes across the state that have charred more than one million acres in the past week.

Its not all about trees, shrubs and rangeland, as the wildfire bust continues hundreds of homes are destroyed many more are damaged, people are being evacuated from their homes and communities AND there is the human toll that is mounting up.


Funeral Today for Man Killed Fighting Wildfires

OLDEN, Texas - Family and friends will gather Wednesday to honor a Texas volunteer firefighter who died while fleeing a fire truck that had been trapped in a wildfire-consumed pasture.

Texas Firefighter Burned While Saving Comrade

A Texas volunteer firefighter was burned while rescuing a down comrade from a raging wildfire on April 15, He responded to the brush fire near his home in Gorman with his chief and they suddenly found themselves surrounded.
As they tried to outrun the fire, their fire truck was overrun by the flames.
Clark sustained first-degree burns to his face and third-degree burns to his hands.
"It was very scary," he told the news station. "I’m not going to lie to you; I honestly did not think I would make it home."
At that point, one of his fellow firefighter collapsed.
He said that the burns weren't bothering him and that his main thought was that "I've got to get out of here, and I got to take whoever I can with me."
Clark's recovery is currently a struggle. He was expected to go home yesterday, but the wounds are deeper than first thought and he has been kept at the hospital because they are infected.

SMOKEY is counting on you
That one spark you dont cause to occur, that one cigarette you put in the ash tray and not toss out the window just maybe the one wildfire prevented that might have destroyed a town or killed someone.

THANKS for all you do!

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