The fire started around 4:00 p.m. yesterday in the area near Franz Road and Grand Parkway, and before it was brought under control, 380 acres were burned, according to KPRC, Houston. Please see their report on the fire for more details. My salute to the firefighters who kept this one under control, and to the homeowners who did their part by watering down their wooden fences. Smart move.
For those readers who may not be familiar with the population distribution in the state of Texas, fires in East Texas are particularly unusual, worrisome, and potentially deadly because the eastern and southeastern parts of the state are more densely populated than the western areas. The fires in East Texas are forcing hundreds of people to leave their homes, and while there has been no loss of life, there have been structures lost.
Texas is experiencing a third consecutive year of drought conditions, with exceptional drought in some areas, (see my previously posted “Drought Map.”) We’ve also experienced day after day after day with high winds and low humidity, so East Texas, as well as West Texas, has had all the ingredients needed to produce wildfires this year.