Whipped by winds from the backside of Tropical Storm Lee, over 60 raging firestorms sprang up across Texas Sunday afternoon, the largest and worst of these was in Bastrop which is just East of Austin in the area of Texas called the Piney Woods.
So far the Bastrop fire has consumed 20,000 acres and has destroyed at least 400 homes . The Texas Forest Service reported the fire is at least 16 miles long and four miles wide. (Over 3.6 million acres of Texas have burned this year.)
Both my sister and her hubby and my niece, her hubby and their three little girls live in different areas of Bastrop, both homes surrounded by tall pine trees. Both families were ordered to evacuate. One of the firefighters, a friend of my niece’s family, notified them about 7:00 p.m. Sunday night that their home had burned to the ground.
Late last night, residents of the Colony, the neighborhood where my sister lives. were allowed back in. Other than a singed yard, there doesn’t appear to be any more damage.
Photos from KVUE - TV in Austin
Mother nature has certainly been tough of the U.S. in the past couple of weeks. Lets keep all of those affected by earthquakes, flooding, hurricanes, tropical storms and fires in out prayers.
Until next time, Honey