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I happened to be looking out about half an hour ago to the east and the yard looked like it was orange. A cloud overhead looked sort of orange and I couldn't figure out why. Got a call a bit ago from a friend of mine who told me there is a wildfire off 67 near Stewarts. I asked more precisely whether that was before or after, going west, the road that goes to Fossil Rim, and she said it was after towards Stephenville. Incidentally, I greatly appreciate the concern of reaching out to make sure I knew about the fire. One thing for sure. When I listen to the scanner, it is clear we have a great fire department. The department sets up a command center, and send people around to various locations when a fire is spotted or reported on. On the pic below, you can see not only the main fire which was around 51, but another one that started off to the left. Pictures taken south of Hwy 67 and the wind was blowing from the south to north so the fire was blowing north From Texas A&M Forestry Service on Twitter You could not even see the sun through the smoke in the sky. Like an oven outside, but, surprisingly, seems that not having the sun beating down on the yard and having a *cover* helped the plants Listening to the scanner They are around FM 205 and 1009 5:52 pm North side of 51, lost 2 structures, evacuating people Brush truck on CR 1008 6:55 pm 51 and CR 1005 - 7:44 pm Aerial planes dropping water every 20 minutes, fire at 4500 block of CR 1008 7:47 pm Tuesday, July 18 - Seems there are still fire around 205. 1004 hay bales on fire (8:47 am) Texas A&M Forest Service shows this as called Chalk Mountain and 10% contained as of 11:59 am Update from around 8:00 am Wednesday July 20 10:26 am from where I can see it looks a whole lot better. Still appears to have hotspots on 205. A bit ago SomcoFire said on the scanner that air drops about to be made (presumably Forest Service). Also getting in some more dozers. Hico FD helping near Cottonwood Baptist Church (51) Thursday July 21 2022 Update for July 27 2022 07/27/2022 Chalk Mountain Fire Morning Update Chalk Mountain Fire Wildfire News – 55 min. ago Chalk Mountain Fire Update July 27, 2022 10:00 a.m. Chalk Mountain Fire Stats: Size: 6,746 Acres Containment: 40% Location: 4.6 miles SW of Glen Rose, TX Start Date: July 18, 2022 Cause: Under Investigation Resources Assigned Total personnel: 309 Engines: 22 Dozers: 10 Handcrews: 5 The Southern Area Blue, Type-I Incident Management Team assumed command of the Chalk Mountain Fire at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 20, 2022. Current Status: Firefighters continued making progress on the Chalk Mountain Fire yesterday as the total containment increased to 40 percent yesterday while the acreage remained the same. The primary area of emphasis is the northern perimeter near the intersection of FM 205 and the northwestern edge of the fire. Visible smoke was observed in this area throughout the day as hotspots interspersed with unburned fuel are causing flareups. Aerial resources spent the day cooling this area, allowing ground crews the chance to work these hotspots. The fire continues to smolder and creep through this area. Throughout the remainder of the fire, crews spent the day gridding for and extinguishing hotspots on the interior of the fire and focused much of this gridding in and around homes. The eastern and western edges of the fire are being monitored for remaining hotspots, and fire officials are pleased with the progress in these areas. Fire conditions across the region remain at a critical level. Soil moisture remains completely depleted to a depth of at least eight inches. This means the moisture normally present in the ground is not available to slow the spread of fires. This lack of moisture is facilitating the smoldering and the burning of roots across the Chalk Mountain Fire. Fire Weather: Hot and dry conditions will persist throughout the week. An upperlevel ridge remains in place across much of Texas that is holding this heat in place. Temperatures will climb to as high as 104 degrees today with south winds expected at 8-12 mph gusting to 20 mph. Relative humidity will drop to nearly 20 percent. The current rain free streak at DFW is at 54 days (5th driest ever) with no rain expected. Evacuations and Closures: There are no current evacuations or closures impacting the Chalk Mountain Fire. Contact the Somervell County Sheriff’s Office for the most current information on evacuations and closures: Phone: 254-897-2242 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Somervellsheriff Safety and Notifications: Personal responsibility and prevention of the next ignition is of utmost importance in preventing the next wildfire. Refrain from parking vehicles on dry grass and make sure all power equipment is in good working condition. Do your part to help our firefighters. Wildfires are a NO DRONE ZONE. If you fly, we can’t. Flying a drone near a wildfire can shut down all air operations. Fire Information: Fire Information Line: 817-381-5914 Email: email@example.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lssimt Inciweb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/8255/
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. 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.