The winds have picked up today and I cannot even imagine what it must be like for those battling this fire. Accuweather says it’s 108 but our weather station says 111. It really takes my breath way just walking from the house to the shop.
This morning at some point, the fire had burned 800 acres and was 40% contained. Then it had burned 1,200 acres and was 60% contained. Now they’re reporting that it’s burned 2,500 acres and is 30% contained.
This is the site where we seem to get the best, most up to date information. We’re the Buffalo Creek Fire.
The good news (for us . . no doubt bad news for others) is that it looks to be moving away from us. All morning we didn’t see smoke but then when Addie and I went to get the mail, there was a lot of what appeared to be smoke. I kept hoping it was fluffy white clouds. My friend sent me pictures and it was definitely smoke, but off to our east and not right over us like it was last night.
For those not familiar with rural Texas, 2,500 sounds like a huge amount of land, and it is, but there are huge ranches out here – 5,000 acres, or 10,000 acres, or more. (We’re not one of those places!)
2,500 acres is 2,500 acres whether it’s in town or out in the country but houses are very sparse out here. I haven’t heard of structures burning but I may not have heard about it.
Just sitting here typing (5:01 p.m.) and I told Vince “I smell smoke”. He agreed so . . time to go outside and see what’s happening.
How many days til we move? What if I can’t wait that long??