Texas Wildfires: Mandatory Evacuation at Possum Kingdom Lake

The news is all bad today, but the good news is that the state may get a little rain tomorrow. CNN’s headline this morning has “Texas burning from border to border,” which makes it sound as though the whole state is on fire. It isn’t. Texas is really big. There’s a whole lot of ground that isn’t burning for those of you who aren’t here.

Meanwhile, while we’re waiting for the latest reports from the Texas Forest Service, here’s a look at what some media sources have online about the fires.

The CBS Affiliate in DFW reported on the big fire burning at Possum Kingdom Lake, just 70 miles away from the area yesterday afternoon. Officials in the PKL area strongly urge residents to evacuate to prevent loss of life, and Anita Foster, a chief communications officer with the Red Cross in Dallas spoke on camera.

“These wildfires are so intense, they’re just burning out of control,” she said. “Families are displaced from their homes on a very regular basis.”

Foster said the Red Cross is committed to helping both emergency workers and residents.

“We’re not only in there taking care of those emergency workers, with water and Gatorade and cots and blankets. We’re also standing right there with the families saying, ‘Hey the minute we can get into the neighborhoods the Red Cross is going to be here for you.’ Because they may not have a place to go once we know that they don’t have a home left,” Foster said.

A $10 donation to the Red Cross can easily be made from any cell phone by texting the word RED CROSS to 90999.

Before leaving CBS 11 Foster had a message for everyone affected by the wildfires. “The Red Cross is here, we’re gonna be there, we’re not going anywhere. We’re gonna be there for the long haul.”

The National Weather Service predicted highs Tuesday in the mid-90s for the Dallas/Fort Worth area, with wind gusts of up to 35 mph, but a chance for evening thunderstorms.  Go to CBS DFW for the full story and video. You may also check back on this blog, and I’ll have updates throughout the day for you.

About M.J.Deare

I am a writer, actively researching topics of interest. I am also a graduate of the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, with a degree in English, and have a master's degree from the University of Memphis. Born in New Orleans, I lived there until moving to northwest Arkansas and from there to Memphis, Tennessee. My husband and I currently reside in The Woodlands, Texas.
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