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HOT in Texas- No Rain in Somervell, but there WAS a fire nearby


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Back in 2011 when Rick Perry had aspirations to be president, Texas had a major drought. At one point, Rick Perry told people that "Only God Can Help" and told them to pray for rain. Well, looks like god was busy when Perry was asking so finally Perry had to give up and ask then-President Obama for federal help in August. 

We had another drought year a few years back and it was one main factor on why I decided not to keep yard birds anymore.

That brings us to this year, 2022. I got a lot of wild flower seed, as well as bluebonnet seed which I started planting last year in anticipation that we would have a glorious display all spring and summer like we did last year (maybe part of that was because of the Texas freeze in the winter) But nope, it has been extremely dry and I have been working hard to keep the trees and bushes alive. Got a load of mulch from the dump and plan to get another one this week to get more of the trees surrounded, as well as add a layer to ones there. 

It's funny how much, when it's dry all the time, any clue that some rain might come by and bring even a little relief is pored over, at least by me. And so it is today. If it does not rain late this afternoon, I need to go out again and water the yard. And it's still only June. 

The other day, on a day when the weather service told us there was a Heat Advisory until 7:00 and also Somervell County is under a burn ban, the phone rang a couple of times. Didn't recognize the number, we get a lot of spam calls, but the person calling didn't leave a message. Hub and I decided to go to town about then, and as we drove down the county road, we saw a huge amount of smoke from the adjoining property. As we got closer, we saw there were two large fires going, but even more horrific, as we watched, the fire jumped the road onto the property of the neighbor's across the street, who have a log home. Hub immediately called 911 for the fire department and we decided not to drive through the fire and smoke but return home. The people whose property had the fire are not living there yet, with a home, so I texted the neighbor to let her know in case she didn't realize it, that the fire was now coming her direction, following a strong wind. She was not home at the time. Over the next hour, from my own property, I listened and watched a bunch of different fire vehicles, most from Somervell County, one from Bosque (Walnut Springs) and was happy to see how quickly they were on the scene and worked to put all the fires out. The Walnut Springs fireman told us the adjoining property owner had been spot welding, started a fire which got out of control. I thank the speed and professionalism of all involved as it could easily have been a very bad situation, due to the dry brush and grass from this drought and the wind speed. 

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There have been a few fires over the years on this road. One, towards the end, burned down a mobile home. The second happened at a lovely home across the street the other way, also a case of a very stiff wind, small fire which got out of control and burned a significant part of the house, making it unlivable. That family ended up razing it to the ground, selling the property and moving to another state. Some kids living in one of the properties on a nearby county road burned down their whole front yard field over fireworks.

One time I was talking with a former Somervell County Commissioner who told me he had started a fire which fortunately did not get out of control when doing spot welding to repair a fence. I also found out at one county meeting I attended that you can't burn stuff in a barrel. 

Anyway, my point is that the whole thing was terrifying and exhausting, the wind shifted at one point towards our direction. The good news there was that there were so many fire personnel that they had the fire under control at that point at the two places they were. 

Suggesting that until we have a really good rain, it is a better idea for people to refrain from doing anything that can start a fire, OR if there is something necessary to be done, have a hose or other running water available to put it out quickly. Again, Somervell County has a burn ban going on, and when there is also an extended drought and a heat advisory, what a great idea to be inside somewhere sipping a cold drink and watching a movie. 

 

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