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    Fires in Texas

    I normally don't do threads like this, but my son's girlfriend works for the Texas A&M Forest Service. And the fires are pretty close to me. No danger to Amarillo, but you can smell it. It's brutal. Over 500,000 acres are gone. Parts of Fritch, TX are gone. My grandaughters' Dad and parents live there.

    It's pretty bad. Here is a link that shows ways to donate and some videos of the damage.

    https://www.newschannel10.com/2024/0...-tx-panhandle/

    Two days of relief, today and tomorrow. Friday, mid-70s. Winds 20-30 mph gusts in 50+ range. Again.
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    Re: Fires in Texas

    Quote Originally Posted by TRF View Post
    I normally don't do threads like this, but my son's girlfriend works for the Texas A&M Forest Service. And the fires are pretty close to me. No danger to Amarillo, but you can smell it. It's brutal. Over 500,000 acres are gone. Parts of Fritch, TX are gone. My grandaughters' Dad and parents live there.

    It's pretty bad. Here is a link that shows ways to donate and some videos of the damage.

    https://www.newschannel10.com/2024/0...-tx-panhandle/

    Two days of relief, today and tomorrow. Friday, mid-70s. Winds 20-30 mph gusts in 50+ range. Again.
    I was living near Napa in 2017 when the fires came. It's unnerving to see wildfire flames while standing in your apartment complex's parking lot. And those were a couple miles away. Still, they should be fine. Masks are obviously a must, though. And when they get a day off, it wouldn't hurt to take a long trip to somewhere not directly affected. (We drove 2.5 hours south to Monterey to escape the fire and smoke for a day.)
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    Re: Fires in Texas

    It's the worse, especially when it's hot out.

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    Re: Fires in Texas

    It's nearing a million acres. Crazy ass weather, it's snowing like crazy, expecting 3 inches in Amarillo. The weather is supposed to be dry again with high winds this weekend. People fighting the fires say it will burn for another three days at least.
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    Re: Fires in Texas

    I grew up in the mountains of Kentucky. I can remember a couple of times fires got out and got close to our home. The last time the National Guard was called out, this was in the 80's, and they furiously were digging a fire break on the hill just above our house. They had me out hosing down the side of the house and they reassured us they were not going to let our house burn down. It didn't but it got close. You could see the fire moving across the hill and probably was within 100 feet of the house but stayed clear of it. It's certainly an unsettling and almost helpless feeling when fire is out of control. I hope they can get those fires under control in Texas and limit damage and loss of life as much as possible.
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    Re: Fires in Texas

    Now the 2nd largest wildfire in American history: https://www.cbsnews.com/video/texas-...in-us-history/
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    Re: Fires in Texas

    Already bigger than the size of Rhode Island... which is big, but sent me down a rabbit hole because Rhode Island is small (1214 sq miles) and Oregon can stick almost eight Rhode Islands in its state boundaries. But you could stick 21.5 Rhode Islands in Texas, which is really BIG

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    Re: Fires in Texas

    Last I read, 1 human fatality. The livestock lost has yet to be determined, but it is expected to be massive. Had this started west of Hereford, TX, the cattle lost would have been astronomical.

    I've lived here 40 years. What is weird is I don't remember the Amarillo East Complex fire from 2006. I mean I kind of remember, but for some reason it is not sticking out as much. That one was 900,000 acres.
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    And after 3 inches of snow. Fire Weather watch has been issued and expires in 3 days.

    ugh.
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    Re: Fires in Texas

    Quote Originally Posted by TRF View Post
    And the fires are pretty close to me. No danger to Amarillo, but you can smell it. It's brutal.
    In Boston last year, we could smell the smoke from the Quebec wildfires. In Philly and New York, the skies were orange and (especially in Philly) they had alerts you shouldn't go outside because the air wasn't safe to breathe. Sounds like it might have looked and smelled pretty apocalyptic in Amarillo.
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    Re: Fires in Texas

    fatalities are up to 3 humans now. the latest was the Fritch Fire Chief. Had a heart attack while fighting a fire. The cattle industry here has been ravaged. They are saying it will take decades to recover. Last I read the big Smokehouse Creek fire was nearly 50% contained.

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