Massive Wildfires in Rain-Starved Texas (Photos)

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One of the most devastating wind-fueled wildfires in rain-starved Texas history happened seriously on Tuesday September 6 and spread the state's firefighting ranks to the limit. Only in the last 48 hours, over 1,000 homes were in ruins and at least four people were reported to be dead.


These massive wildfires are accused of the fact that Texas has been suffering its worst drought since the 1950s. What’s more, over 180 fires have erupted in the past week across the rain-starved Lone Star State, causing nearly 600 of the homes destroyed and more than 5,000 people forced to flee Bastrop County about 40km (25 miles) east of the state capital Austin. Moreover, approximately 400 were in emergency shelters, school and school-related activities were cancelled on Tuesday. Because of the crisis, Gov. Rick Perry was faced with the decision to leave the state and take part in a GOP presidential debate or stay at home and command operations to fight the disaster. In the past nine months, rain-starved Texas has also experienced six of the ten largest wildfires in its history and since November 3,523 homes and structures have been lost to the flames, according to the Texas Forest Service.


Massive wildfires are said to be one of the most devastating wind-fueled wildfires killing at least 4 people and consumed over 1,000 homes in Texas

Massive wildfires are said to be one of the most devastating wind-fueled wildfires killing at least 4 people and consumed over 1,000 homes in Texas


Large wildfires are seen from a highway near Smithville, Texas

Large wildfires are seen from a highway near Smithville, Texas


The largest wildfire is raging just east of Austin and has burned at least 600 homes and blackened 30,000 acres

The largest wildfire is raging just east of Austin and has burned at least 600 homes and blackened 30,000 acres


The picture of firefighters from around the state battling large wildfires on Highway 71 near Smithville, Texas

The picture of firefighters from around the state battling large wildfires on Highway 71 near Smithville, Texas


Over 180 fires have erupted in the past week across the rain-starved Lone Star State

Over 180 fires have erupted in the previous week across the rain-starved Lone Star State


About 1,200 firefighters were gathered to fight with the blazes, including members of other departments such as Utah, California, Arizona and Oregon

About 1,200 firefighters were gathered to fight with the blazes, including members of other departments such as Utah, California, Arizona and Oregon


The scene of a helicopter dropping fire retardant on a hot spot in an area destroyed by a wildfire at Possum Kingdom Lake, Texas

The scene of a helicopter dropping fire retardant on a hot spot in an area destroyed by a wildfire at Possum Kingdom Lake, Texas


Texas Gov. Pick Perry is forced to cancel the trip to South Carolina and come back to hold a press conference to discuss the fires in central Texas, after the worst drought since the 1950s

Texas Gov. Pick Perry is forced to cancel the trip to South Carolina and come back to hold a press conference to discuss the fires in central Texas, after the worst drought since the 1950s

 

Massive Wildfires in Rain-Starved Texas (Photos)

 

Related links:

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This article was published on 2011/09/08
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