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Old 05-18-2022, 10:10 PM   #1
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Default Pray for rain, y'all. BAD fire SW of Abilene

There's a big fire in the hills southwest of Abilene. It really blew up today. Several homes burned. Some of our friends have lost homes and businesses. Lots more evacuated and in serious danger of losing everything. Hot and dry in those hills choked in cedar is bad news.

Pray for everyone in that part of Taylor County and all the fire fighters.

We're 20 miles away, and we have ash falling all over our neighborhood.

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Old 05-18-2022, 10:16 PM   #2
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Went from 1,500 acres to 5k very quickly and y’all are supposed to have bad fire weather again tomorrow. Lots of prayers for that region as well as all of Texas.

State Forest Service just elevated the readiness level to 5, which is the highest. Resources are stretched thin.

Come on rain!
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Old 05-18-2022, 10:18 PM   #3
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Prayers up for all involved!!!!!!!


And megaprayers up for rain. We need it really, really bad!!!!

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Old 05-18-2022, 10:20 PM   #4
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Real bad one North of y'all too. Terrible

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Old 05-18-2022, 10:21 PM   #5
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Prayers for all involved!!
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Old 05-18-2022, 10:31 PM   #6
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Several fires going on now, praying for everyone!
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Old 05-18-2022, 10:34 PM   #7
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rains supposed to come end of the week. Prayers for folks in the path and those fighting the fires.
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Old 05-18-2022, 10:44 PM   #8
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Dang. Hate to hear this.
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Old 05-18-2022, 11:32 PM   #9
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Praying, Lord please watch over and be with the families in the path of these fires.
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Old 05-19-2022, 01:00 AM   #10
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Sending prayers for rain and safety for everyone involved!


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Old 05-19-2022, 09:21 AM   #11
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I left Tuesday evening thinking my place at foot of hills was safe from the first day of fire. I was about 5 miles away. Then Wednesday evening in Dallas I had to watch it on video burning my way after it shifted. Luckily my little cabin survived but half of property was burned. Mostly short grass so it wasn't a raging blaze. A road through the middle saved my entire place from burning. I just hope no hot spots are left. Supposed to be 108 this afternoon. Who knows what will happen. There was hardly a blade of green grass on my 400 acres before the fire.
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Old 05-19-2022, 09:24 AM   #12
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Prayers Up. Sorry to hear about your place Bear.
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Old 05-19-2022, 09:42 AM   #13
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Prayers up for those involved. Hopefully we don't see anything like this out Angelo way.
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Old 05-19-2022, 10:22 AM   #14
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Prayers for all in the path.
Fire got parts of our lease in Eldorado a couple years ago
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Old 05-19-2022, 10:24 AM   #15
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I left Tuesday evening thinking my place at foot of hills was safe from the first day of fire. I was about 5 miles away. Then Wednesday evening in Dallas I had to watch it on video burning my way after it shifted. Luckily my little cabin survived but half of property was burned. Mostly short grass so it wasn't a raging blaze. A road through the middle saved my entire place from burning. I just hope no hot spots are left. Supposed to be 108 this afternoon. Who knows what will happen. There was hardly a blade of green grass on my 400 acres before the fire.
Hate to hear that...but hopefully you guys will get some of this rain that is supposed to be coming next week, and if so, your place will green up quickly after that grass burn off. Fingers crossed....
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Old 05-19-2022, 01:30 PM   #16
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There's no big huge plume of smoke today. It looks WAY better from a distance. But the reports are that the fire is only 10% contained, and hot, dry, and windy again today. Over 7K acres burned so far.
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Old 05-19-2022, 01:41 PM   #17
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Old 05-19-2022, 01:46 PM   #18
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Old 05-19-2022, 02:10 PM   #19
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Default Pray for rain, y'all. BAD fire SW of Abilene

My wife is out there caring for her mom post-surgery and evacuated this morning.


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Old 05-19-2022, 02:16 PM   #20
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Old 05-19-2022, 02:36 PM   #21
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Just saw an update. Almost 10,000 acres burned now. Only 5% contained. 50-60 homes destroyed.
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Old 05-19-2022, 02:50 PM   #22
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Can they stop it before it get to Abilene? Hopefully those fields are plowed right now. That looks bad
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Old 05-19-2022, 03:00 PM   #23
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Praying for rain and all people involved in this.
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Old 05-19-2022, 03:06 PM   #24
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Can they stop it before it get to Abilene? Hopefully those fields are plowed right now. That looks bad
The hills are solid cedar. Once you get away from the hills, it's mostly mesquite and houses. Still highly flammable, but not like cedar. There are some fields, but lots of brush and houses. In Buffalo Gap, it's very wooded with lots of oaks mixed with mesquite and cedar. Everything is dry. It's just not a good situation. Wind is supposed to keep blowing 15-25mph, and it's gonna be 105+ today and tomorrow. "Only" 90 for a high on Saturday, due to a front coming in around noon. Wind will switch around from the north. If we're really lucky, that will blow the fire back toward where it's already burned. But it will depend on which direction the fire goes between now and then. The hills and the wind currents that the big fire creates for itself do weird things.

There are rain chances Monday - Wednesday. We could sure use a big rain sooner.
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Old 05-19-2022, 03:17 PM   #25
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Wow.. Just terrible.. Quite a few houses have been built out in those hills in the last few years..

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Old 05-19-2022, 03:23 PM   #26
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Wow.. Just terrible.. Quite a few houses have been built out in those hills in the last few years..
Yep. It's just about impossible to find 5 acres anywhere in that area that doesn't have a house on it now, once you get in the foothills. Up on the hills there's lots of houses, but more acreage without houses too, due to the terrain.
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Old 05-19-2022, 03:26 PM   #27
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I did just see that our friends near View who thought they lost their house and wedding venue last night were able to get into their property this afternoon. The house is destroyed, but the big barn wedding venue is still standing. A smaller pavilion next to the big barn is gone. But at least their main venue structure is still there. I'm sure it's booked solid for weddings. I don't know what they'll be able to do about that.
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Yep. It's just about impossible to find 5 acres anywhere in that area that doesn't have a house on it now, once you get in the foothills. Up on the hills there's lots of houses, but more acreage without houses too, due to the terrain.
Yea I was out that way a while back and saw all the development out there. Sure has changed..
And that thick, dry, cedar burns so dang hot. It will look like the surface of the moon after this fire is done..
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Old 05-19-2022, 03:34 PM   #29
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Man I just drove that area on my to Angelo after my normal exit road was closed for repairs. That's a pretty area getting engulfed.. Hope they get it controlled soon.
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Old 05-19-2022, 03:36 PM   #30
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Prayers for everyone effected.
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Old 05-19-2022, 03:38 PM   #31
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Been talking to other friends who live in the danger zone. Some have been evacuated, and some haven't had to yet. Just a helpless feeling. I hate it for them.
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Old 05-19-2022, 03:47 PM   #32
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Sorry about your friends house. I guess its good at least the venue survived. I'm their neighbor a couple places to the east. I'm going to check damage tomorrow.
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Old 05-19-2022, 03:52 PM   #33
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Sorry about your friends house. I guess its good at least the venue survived. I'm their neighbor a couple places to the east. I'm going to check damage tomorrow.
I hope you go unscathed!
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Old 05-19-2022, 03:56 PM   #34
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This is horrible
What direction is it moving?


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Old 05-20-2022, 08:51 AM   #35
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How's it looking today out that way?
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Old 05-20-2022, 09:21 AM   #36
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Terrible. That’s my route to the lease right through the fire and man that’s some pretty country. I hate it for everyone involved. Praying for rain
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Old 05-20-2022, 09:55 AM   #37
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Bad stuff. Prayers for those affected and for rain.

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