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Blazing Lone Star
Residents of Bastrop County in Texas may be getting some relief after more than a week of living in fear of the relentless wildfire that has destroyed almost 1,400 homes.
President Obama has signed a federal disaster declaration which will aid local recovery efforts, and will include grants for loans to cover personal property losses, home repairs, and temporary housing.
Hopefully the declaration will expedite the much needed help to the residents of central Texas.
Read more at the Washington Post.
Original Post-September 6, 2011
Over 1,000 homes and more than 32,000 acres southeast of Austin, Texas were destroyed by a wildfire as it burned through parched brush, woods, and ranch land. 63 fires were reported across Texas between Sunday and Monday, and out of 254 counties in the state, only three are not under a “burn ban.”
The fires are burning with such ferocity across the drought-stricken region that authorities have discontinued the ground fight and have already called in for air support. Jan Amen, a spokeswoman from the Texas Forest Service stated, “[i]t’s a monster and it’s zero percent contained.”
Sadly, one of the fires trapped a 20 year old woman and her 18-month-old daughter in their residence; they were killed before the fire could be extinguished.
According to a spokesman for Gov. Rick Perry’s presidential campaign, Perry cancelled a trip to California and returned to Texas to oversee the firefighting efforts.
Hopefully, they’ll be able to contain the fires before anymore lives are lost. Hang in there Texas. We are pulling for you.
Read more at the Los Angeles Times.