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Wow, what a week. There was another fire near the farm, maybe a mile away. That does sound like an awful far distance but it was still way too close. We were on the way out there when we saw the smoke. My mom called and said it was close and to hurry up. We got there in about 15 minutes and it had gone from small fire to big blaze.

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They blocked the road shortly thereafter so I couldn't get anymore pictures until it had died down a bit. But there were four helicopters and two airplanes circling for hours. It was incredible watching them work!

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Flew RIGHT over us!
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View from the front yard once they got it mostly under control:
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It's out and we're safe...but scared. This can seriously happen anytime, anywhere...
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Geeeez, Texas!!!! That's enough to scare anyone. A mile is way too close! That's not a far distance at all. I'm SO glad y'all and the farm are OK! I sure do wish there was some way to get rain down there to all of y'all! Enough to wet things down to help stop all these blazes! Goodness me. This just worries me to no end. Between you being down there, and my daughter and her hubby and my sister and her hubby also being down there....I worry constantly! You're closer to my daughter than she is to my sister...so any fires in either direction get to me...east or west Texas!

Those are some awesome photos of the choppers doing their thing. I love the ones that hold the water in the belly of the chopper....the look like alien bugs or something! I'm sure it was interesting watching them work...but I'm also pretty sure a lot of prayers were going up that they had enough water and fire retardant to get the blaze out so it wouldn't spred!!

Did they ever find out if that one near your home was arson or not, for sure??

PLEASE, please, please stay safe!!!!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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TM, my goodness, that was close! Glad they suppressed it right away, and I'm even more glad it didn't get closer.

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TM!!! A mile is waaaay to close for comfort! emoticon I'm so glad that they got it contained...
I had one in San Diego that came so close once, when I was outside on my back deck with the hose watering the brush and trees of the hill behind us...I ended up covered in that orange fire retardant that they dump from planes...so you be SAFE!!! emoticon

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I'm not sure they were dumping fire retardant - if there is any left in the state, I bet they are still using it in Bastrop! Lucky for us, there was a big tank not even a 5 minute round trip for the helicopters, so they had ample water.

Honestly, this fire made me feel safer. I know that sounds silly. But we got to see the response teams in action. Even with resources stretched to the limit, they fought this aggressively and competently. As long as we can prevent a fire from starting on our own property, then I just can't imagine we will have a problem...well, that and as long as the winds stay down. That's how the Bastrop fire got so out of control.
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I suppose it would....and another thing it did, was get rid of any and all fire fuel that was in that direction! emoticon

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Still.....stay safe!!! These fires mean business. I SO wish Texas would just get dumped on, big time, with rain...rain and more rain!!!

It's so sad seeing some of the devastation this drought is causing. Not just crops, but animals! Cattle...it's heartbreaking.

I'll worry about y'all, and my family in various parts of Texas and Arkansas until I know there's been enough rain to douse all the fires, and bring everything back up to normal...or close to normal!

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10% chance of rain today... emoticon
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Hope that 10% actually does something...I saw on the news that many parts of Texas are going to get rain. Perhaps things are changing. emoticon

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Good luck, TM!

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