Grass fires in windy Texas suck.

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    02-16-2011, 09:31 PM
Grass fires in windy Texas suck.

I bet a quarter of our county burned today. The fire departments have been out fighting them since before noon and they were still hauling water by the tanker load when I came home just before dark. Between the near drought conditions (in spite of the snow we got last week) and the 20+mph wind, the firemen were having hell trying to just keep up with it, let alone getting ahead. They had called in engines from every town within 40 miles and also some air support. It didn't make it any easier, though, that they had to divide their efforts between this fire and another fire that was only slightly smaller on the other side of the county.

I took Dobe out for a little ride to take a look-see since he was the only one not completely freaked out of his gourd by the occasional whiffs of smoke. The biggest of the 2 fires was no more than 3/4 mile north of my barn. Thankfully, the wind was from the south so it was blowing it away from town instead of toward it. But still, there are a lot of farmers and ranchers up that way that lost a lot of land and possibly some stock.

These are in sequence looking from left to right across the width of the fire.

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    02-17-2011, 07:33 AM
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That sucks.

I'm sorry :/
    02-17-2011, 09:34 AM
Green Broke
Wow, awesome pictures, but how scary that must be. Especially after just getting your barn back to how you want it, pretty much. Glad it's blowing away from you, not toward!

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