Yesterday’s smokey haze over Dallas brought home the fact that our great state is in peril with huge and numerous wildfires burning through rural land and communities across Texas. The largest fire near Bastrop has torched more than 785 homes, leaving countless families homeless.
There are aroung 1,200 firefighters on the ground right now fighting the Bastrop fire. This includes support from California and Oregon. The fire has burned unchecked for days, and it is only just now starting to be contained. Firefighters on the ground say the fires are burning so hot that trees literally explode, and that is making it difficult to get close enough to fight back the flames.
This year so far, fires have burned enough land to cover the state of Connecticut. Fires continue to burn from Bastrop on up into East Texas. The smoke from the fires can be seen from space. 99% of the state of Texas is under burn ban restrictions.
How can you help? First of all, you can text the words “RED CROSS” to 90999 to donate $10 to the Red Cross. The donation will show up on your cell phone bill. You can also check in on the Red Cross of Central Texas website for a list of specific needs and updates.