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Texas Wildfires 2011 Update

September 7, 2011

This has been another bad week regarding the Texas wildfires 2011. A friend of mine recently posted the following link on Facebook that shows the locations of all the current wildfires in Texas: Texas Forest Service fire activity. It’s a really neat map and shows very clearly how bad Texas is doing right now: There are over 40 fires right now in Central and South Texas alone. Can you believe it!? It’s so sad. Everybody is waiting and waiting for the rain that just won’t come this year. Personally, I don’t really miss rain per se – after all, I did just spend a good week getting soaked in Germany – but I do know that we need it here in Texas, so even I wouldn’t mind a good downpour now right about now. You’ve probably all seen the pictures of wildfires and videos of burning forests on the news. Have you also seen how the land looks after a wildfire? When Marco and I were in San Angelo for the 4th of July fireworks this year, we drove through some areas that had been burning just a few weeks and months before. It was really sad to see all this burned land where it’s usually nice and green. But, as you can see below, there are already some bright green spots again between the charred trees. And from what I understand, the roots of many trees can actually survive the high temperatures of a wildfire and that can help the tree grow faster than it normally would. So, hopefully this will all be back to normal in a few years. You can click on the pictures below to see them in a bigger format.

Texas Wildfires 2011: burned land after a wildfire

Texas Wildfires 2011: burned land after a wildfire

Texas Wildfires 2011: burned land after a wildfire

Texas Wildfires 2011: burned land after a wildfire

Texas Wildfires 2011: burned land after a wildfire

Texas Wildfires 2011: burned land after a wildfire

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8 Comments

  • Pit says:

    Hi Sabrina,
    It’s really horrible just now. And we can only hope for some very good downpour. But according to our forecast, that’s unlikely for the next ten days or so.
    Best regards from southern Texas,
    Pit
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  • Growing up in Southern California I know first hand how bad fires can be. The scorched land is sad and the loss of homes and life is excruciating. Hopefully you will get some relief soon.
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    • Sabrina says:

      Thanks Debbie! I’ve heard that Southern California is terrible in regards to fires. Wasn’t there a huge one a year or two ago? It’s probably just natural, but terrible for anybody living close.

  • R. Sherman says:

    It’s a small consolation, but Nature will bring the land back sooner than you know. It’s sad for the people effected, but the land is always quite resilient.

    I’m glad you and yours are OK.

    Cheers.
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    • Sabrina says:

      Thanks… It’s true! I’m always astonished how quickly land is able to recover. I can only hope that the people whose houses burned down were able to get important things out and have good insurance. Most material things are easily replaced – even if it of course is terrible.

  • Wow, being British, these fires were always something that happened to other people. Now we live in coastal Turkey, they’re very much a reality. The ‘Forest-Fire-Brigade’ in our area are (thankfully) fantastic at their jobs with vehicles, helicopters and planes. Hope everyone is safe and well there. So sad to see the damage.
    Julia
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    • Sabrina says:

      I didn’t know that wildfires were so much of a problem in Turkey as well. Good to hear that fire brigade knows what they’re doing! By the way, it was raining here in west Texas last night – lots of it. So, I hope they got some of that further south as well. Would help them so much!

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