Other than the huge Bastrop fire, other fires are burning farther south in Texas in Montgomery, Grimes, and Waller Counties. The subdivisions evacuated so far include: River Park Ranch, Wisteria Farms, Ranch Crest, Magnolia West, Deer Haven, Woodland Lakes, Weekend Retreats, Shady Brook Acres, Ranch Crest, River Park Ranch, and Crown Ranch. Large numbers of folks had to pack up their animals and everything else they could cram into or on the top of their vehicles to beat a hasty retreat from the fires. I can’t even imagine how one would go about evacuating a herd of cattle. I guess that would require a lot of assistance.
The fire forced the closure of FM 1488 at FM 1774, and FM1774 west of FM 1486. The fires also caused the cancellation of classes today in the Magnolia Independent School District. For more information, please check out Chron.com.
Late yesterday, as we in our neighborhood took in the American flags we had flown for Labor Day, we could smell the smoke and see the haze in the air from these fires. The wind was still pretty strong at that point, and flag-removal was a more sombre endeavor than usual. We neighbors walked around our circle, taking up each flag in turn, with a prayer in our hearts for those in harm’s way, knowing that we ourselves don’t reside far from the fires. We didn’t talk about it though after we all acknowledged that we could see and smell the smoke.
The winds have died down today. Maybe that will help. Meanwhile, we’re still praying for rain. Surely it will rain again someday.