Texas Wildfires

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Real Estate Agent with Taylor Properties & TexasForSale.net

 

2011 Texas Wildfires- Big 3

 

To date over 1,000,000 acres have burned and over 200 homes have been destroyed due to dozens of Wildfires throughout the State of Texas. The 3 major wildfires still burning in Texas are Possum Kingdom, Wildcat, and Rockhouse Fires. These 3 wildfires alone have destroyed 191 homes, 2 businesses, and 2 churches as well as burning more than 500,000 acres.

            The largest of the “Big 3” wildfires is theROCKHOUSE” still burning in Presidio and Jeff Davis Counties of West Texas. So far this fire has torched more than 230,000 acres and destroyed 23 homes and 2 businesses and has resulted in the closure of the Davis Mountains State Park. “Rockhouse” also threatens the historic Indian Lodge within the state park area and the Buffalo Trail Boy Scout Ranch. The “Rockhouse” is only predicted to be 75% contained and is expected to expand to the north and east over the next couple of days.

            The next largest of the Texas Wildfires is the “Wildcat” currently burning in Coke County near San Angelo. This fire has been responsible for blackening almost 160,000 acres and the temporary evacuation of the West Texas towns of Robert Lee, Grape Creek, Quail Valley, Bronte, Orient, and Tennyson. Although “Wildcat” is still burning north of San Angelo, it is believed to be 80% contained and is mainly a grass fire at this point.

            The smallest of the large Texas Wildfires is the “Possum Kingdom” burning about 80 miles west of Ft. Worth in Palo Pinto and Stephens Counties. With it’s 126,000 acres this fire has not blazed as much acreage as the “Rockhouse” or “Wildcat”, but has far exceeded the combined damage of both large wildfires. To date, the “Possum Kingdom” has left 167 homes and 2 churches in ashes. It has also been responsible for closing the Possum Kingdom State Park as well as the Possum Kingdom Fish Hatchery. This fire is believed to be 90% contained and by the end of this week the Texas Forest Service expects to be able to release it manpower from this site to help assist at other fires across the state.

 

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Doug Rogers
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Yikes! The one near San Angelo is not 30 minutes from my old home!

Apr 27, 2011 01:38 PM #1
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I’ve always wondered why they have to glamorize wildfires that do so much destruction by giving them such nice names. We do that out here, too.

Apr 27, 2011 03:41 PM #2
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Sondra Meyer:
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Wow, that is terrible.  167 homes is a lot of homes destroyed and families lives disrupted.  That is too bad.  My prayers go out to them. 

I sure do hope that you all start getting some of the rain that is flooding other regions.  Sounds like Texs needs it. 

Apr 27, 2011 05:41 PM #3
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Tommy Taylor
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Doug- I'm glad you are not having to worry about the fires where you are now. We had another large fire start around Junction on Tuesday. About 6000 acres had burned by Wednesday morning.

Russel- We seem to give a lot of natural disasters pleasant sounding names, even though they are far from it.

Sondra- 167 home was just in the 1 fire around Possum Kingdom. I can't imagine the destruction and lives turned upside down.

Apr 28, 2011 09:04 AM #4
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Russel told me to come over to say hello and introduce myself. He's my new boss!

Apr 28, 2011 03:13 PM #5
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Tommy,

 Is any of your personal property in harm's way??

Apr 29, 2011 01:26 PM #6
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Tommy Taylor
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Doug- Not as of now, but one of the agents in my office has their personal ranch in the path of a new fire outside of Junction. That fire started earlier this week and has burned almost 10,000 acres so far and is 0% contained. We are currently experiencing very dry conditions with winds at about 30 mph.
Apr 29, 2011 01:37 PM #7
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Wildfires burning out of control are very scary.  We always assume that we can put a fire out, but not so. 

Apr 29, 2011 03:34 PM #8
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Ricki Eichler McCallum
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The Junction fire is very scary being so close to us.  Praying for rain this weekend! and for the Firefighters too!

Apr 30, 2011 04:59 AM #9
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Are you doing okay over there, Tommy? We haven’t heard from you lately.

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Oct 24, 2011 01:51 AM #12
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Hope the drought is less rough in 2012. Drop a post on AR if you have time!

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