At approximately 9:30 a.m. yesterday morning, a blaze broke out in a wooded area in Spring, Texas, near the Cypress Trails subdivision. Neighbors in that subdivision immediately called 911, and before it was over, more than a dozen agencies, and over 100 firefighters fought the blaze for the better part of the day before they were able to get it under control.
The fire broke out in a wooded area near a debris pile from a land-clearing operation. There were no roads or trails to the burning area, so the firefighters had to cut their way through the heavy woods to get to it and build a fire break. When the flames jumped the fire break, the Texas Forest Service helped put out the fire by using a helicopter to drop water, which they scooped up from a local pond.
Over 100 homes were evacuated, and about 20 acres of land had burned before the fire was under control, and families were allowed to return to their homes at about 5:00 p.m. High winds carried burning embers far and wide, and residents were urged to flee. This made me think of the to-go box idea I proposed to you a couple of days ago in my “Two Things to Do…” post. The people who were told to leave had to get out in a hurry. Would you have all of your important papers together in such an event? It’s something to think about.
Since this fire was in our own back yard, it also made me think of the firefighters, and it gave me a renewed appreciation for their efforts. Yesterday was really hot, and even though we had a stiff breeze, it was a hot wind that wasn’t at all refreshing. I can only imagine how hot it was for the firefighters, in full gear, cutting their way through the forest to get to a fire. It takes a special kind of person to do that sort of work, and thank goodness we have people who are willing. Thank you, firefighters, and thank you, Texas Forest Service. Due to your efforts yesterday, no homes or lives were lost. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.