AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — More than 1,000 homes have been destroyed in at least 57 wildfires across rain-starved Texas, most of them in one devastating blaze near Austin that is still raging out of control, officials said Tuesday.
Gov. Rick Perry, who cut short a presidential campaign trip to South Carolina on Monday to return to help oversee firefighting efforts in Texas, toured a blackened area near Bastrop, about 25 miles from Austin, where a fast-moving blaze destroyed nearly 600 homes on Monday.
At a news conference afterward, he marveled at the destruction and pointing out that more than 100,000 acres in the drought-stricken state had burned over the past week, and that more than 3.5 million acres — an area roughly the size of Connecticut — had burned since December.
“Pretty powerful visuals of individuals who lost everything,” Perry said. “The magnitude of these losses are pretty stunning.”
Some residents said they were surprised by how quickly the blaze engulfed their neighborhoods.
“We were watching TV and my brother-in-law said to come and see this,” Dave Wilhelm, 38, who lives just east of Bastrop said. “All I saw was a fireball and some smoke. All of a sudden: Boom! We looked up and left.”
Wilhelm returned Tuesday to find his neighbor’s house and three vehicles gone, some of his own children’s backyard toys destroyed but their house spared.
“Some stuff is smoldering on the lot behind us. Inside of the house, we smell like a campfire. We’re definitely very lucky.”
The fire had scorched some 30,000 acres by Tuesday, and the Texas Forest Service said crews were still trying to contain it. State emergency management chief Nim Kidd said that the fire was the most destructive fire of the year in Texas, and that the number of homes destroyed will likely go up, once the hardest-hit areas are assessed.
The blaze was one of dozens that started Sunday in Texas and that were fed by strong wind gusts caused by Tropical Storm Lee. Forestry officials said that Tuesday’s calmer winds would help firefighting efforts. – Yahoo News
Texas cut fire department funding by 75 percent this year
Under Gov. Rick Perry (R) this year, Texas slashed state funding for the volunteer fire departments that protect most of the state from wildfires like the ones that have recently destroyed more than 700 homes.
Volunteer departments that were already facing financial strain were slated to have their funding cut from $30 million to $7 million, according to KVUE.
The majority of Texas is protected by volunteer fire departments. There are 879 volunteer fire departments in Texas and only 114 paid fire departments. Another 187 departments are a combination of volunteer and paid.
For that reason, aid from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) could be more important than ever to the state where wildfires have recently been raging.
At a press conference Monday, Perry promised to seek federal disaster relief and said that FEMA would be in the state by Wednesday.
While the Texas governor has been highly critical of FEMA in the past, he told CBS’ Erica Hill Tuesday that now was not the time to worry about reforming the agency.
“The issue is taking care of these people right now,” Perry insisted. “We can work our way through any conversations about how to make agencies more efficient, how to make Department of Defense equipment, for instance, more available. There are a lot of issues we can talk about, but the fact of the matter is now is not the time to be trying to work out the details of how to make these agencies more efficient. Let’s get people out of harm’s way.” – Raw Story
Also see this recent NASA imagery map of all current fires across the world:
From February 2011:
Ezekiel 28:8 “They will bring you down to the Pit, and you will die a violent death in the heart of the sea.”
”They” – are the LOZ. Keep a watch on that region as the balls of fire appear there. They are a sign that destruction awaits that region in the near future. The LOZ is laying out its strategic plan of action as it marks the regions to be consumed with fire and other disasters that destroy those marked regions.
The massive fire levelled a home and threatened at least 30 others as it quickly spread around the area near Blackburn Canyon.
The single-engine Cessna 210 went down in the canyon near Tehachapi south of Bakersfield, sparking a raging fire that sent up a plume of smoke visible for miles, Kern County fire spokesman Cary Wright said.
Authorities did not know how many people were on the plane but one death was confirmed.The blaze quickly grew to 1,000 acres amid dry, windy conditions.Hundreds of firefighters and seven air tankers are working to contain the blaze, which was burning out of control.
The fire is ‘growing by the minute,’ Wright said, adding that it has shifted direction three times. – Mail Online
Just as Yahweh flooded the earth in past times, those flood brought renewal as the end result. Now fire will bring renewal. As the remnant are cleansed by fire, so to shall the evil be extinguished.
September 3, 2011 – WASHINGTON, DC – Nature is pummeling the United States this year with extremes. Unprecedented triple-digit Fahrenheit (38-plus degree Celsius) heat and devastating drought. Deadly tornadoes leveling towns. Massive rivers overflowing. A billion-dollar blizzard. And now, unusual hurricane-caused flooding in the northeastern state of Vermont. If what’s falling from the sky isn’t enough, the ground shook in places that normally seem stable: Colorado and the entire East Coast. On Friday, a strong quake triggered brief tsunami warnings in Alaska. Arizona and New Mexico have broken records for wildfires. Total weather losses top $35 billion, and that’s not counting Hurricane Irene, according to the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration. There have been more than 700 U.S. disaster and weather deaths, most from the tornado outbreaks this spring. Last year, the world seemed to go wild with natural disasters in the deadliest year in a generation. But 2010 was bad globally, and the United States mostly was spared. This year, while there have been devastating events elsewhere, such as the earthquake and tsunami in Japan, Australia’s flooding and a drought in Africa, it’s is the United States’ turn to get smacked. “I’m hoping for a break. I’m tired of working this hard. This is ridiculous,” said Jeff Masters, a meteorologist who runs Weather Underground, a meteorology service that tracks strange and extreme weather. “I’m not used to seeing all these extremes all at once in one year.” The U.S. has had a record 10 weather catastrophes costing more than a billion dollars: five separate tornado outbreaks, two different major river floods in the Upper Midwest and the Mississippi River, drought in the Southwest and a blizzard that crippled the Midwest and Northeast, and Irene.
The East Coast got a double-whammy in one week with a magnitude 5.8 earthquake followed by a drenching from Irene. If one place felt more besieged than others, it was tiny Mineral, Virginia, the epicenter of the quake, where Louisa County Fire Lt. Floyd Richard stared at the darkening sky before Irene and said, “What did we do to Mother Nature to come through here like this.” There are still four months to go, including September, the busiest month of the hurricane season. The Gulf Coast expected a soaking this weekend from Tropical Storm Lee and forecasters were watching Hurricane Katia slogging west in the Atlantic. The insurance company Munich Re calculated that in the first six months of the year there have been 98 natural disasters in the United States, about double the average of the 1990s. Even before Irene, the Federal Emergency Management Agency was on pace to obliterate the record for declared disasters issued by state, reflecting both the geographic breadth and frequency of America’s problem-plagued year. “If you weren’t in a drought, you were drowning is what it came down to,” Masters said. Add to that, oppressive and unrelenting heat. Tens of thousands of daily weather records have been broken or tied and nearly 1,000 all-time records set, with most of them heat or rain related. “I think this year has really been extraordinary in terms of natural catastrophes,” said Andreas Schrast, head of catastrophic perils for Swiss Re, another big insurer. One of the most noticeable and troubling weather extremes was the record-high nighttime temperatures, said Tom Karl, director of NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center. That shows that the country wasn’t cooling off at all at night, which both the human body and crops need. “These events are abnormal,” Karl said. “But it’s part of an ongoing trend we’ve seen since 1980.” –Taiwan News
Learn who is against the nations:
Jeremiah 51:25 “Look, I am against you, devastating mountain— [this is] the LORD’s declaration— you devastate the whole earth. I will stretch out My hand against you, roll you down from the cliffs, and turn you into a burned out mountain.”
Firefighters were gaining the upper hand on a wildfire that erupted on the main interstate between Southern California and Las Vegas this morning, allowing officials to lift evacuation orders for half of 1,500 homes and reopen the freeway to holiday weekend traffic.
The fire began on Friday afternoon on the centre divider of Interstate 15 in the Cajon Pass.
It quickly grew to 1,100 acres, or nearly 2 square miles, jumping the freeway and burning chaparral in rolling hills that form the nearby San Bernardino National Forest and rural areas of San Bernardino County.
The fire was fueled by winds up to 15 mph and 90 degree temperatures, but by dusk cooler weather and calmer winds helped 750 firefighters surround 20 percent of the blaze, U.S. Forest Service spokesman John Miller said.
‘The fire laid down pretty good, firefighters have made very good progress,’ Mr Miller said.
The fire destroyed two mobile homes and damaged two other structures. A firefighter suffered heat exhaustion and another suffered a medical-related injury, he said.
An evacuation was ordered as the fire moved northwest toward large ranch homes in the Oak Hills area.
Fire crews were placed to defend the houses as the flames came within yards of some of them.
By evening, authorities determined it was safe for those who live on the north and west side of the fire to come back.
Mr Miller said firefighters were focused on putting out hot spots and completing containment lines through the night.
Victorville resident Tom Woods told KCAL-TV the Oak Hills area contains hundreds of recently built luxury horse properties spread over the hills, some of which were worth $1 million.
The fire initially closed all freeway lanes, snarling traffic as drivers struggled to start their Labor Day weekend getaways. Nearly all northbound and southbound lanes were reopened by evening.
More than a dozen aircraft, including a DC-10 jumbo jet tanker, were called in to help fight the flames.
Air quality officials predicted that smoke from the fire would cause problems for people with health sensitivities in the San Bernardino and San Gabriel mountain areas.
The South Coast Air Quality Management District urged them to avoid unnecessary outdoor activities. - Mail Online
Be prepared for the worst nature has to offer, not only from the sea and beneath this planet’s surface, but also from the unexpected that lies just ahead.
Jeremiah 15:8 “I made their widows more numerous than the sand of the seas. I brought against the mother of young men a destroyer at noon. I suddenly released on her agitation and terrors.”
Hosea 10:14 “the roar of battle will rise against your people, and all your fortifications will be demolished in a day of war, like Shalman’s destruction of Beth arbel. Mothers will be dashed to pieces along with [their] children.”
“As bacteria starts building up and it starts decomposing that starts heat to build up,” Lt. Jim Baker with the Austin Fire Department said Sunday. “In this heat, everything is dry and it’s not uncommon for mulch piles to spontaneously ignite.”
Baker said at this point it doesn’t take much to start a fire.
“This is the hottest time of the year, everything is dry. it’s just ready to burn,” he said.
Jill Lavigne works at The Great Outdoors Nursery in south Austin. She said it’s important to keep up with your compost pile.
“Usually it rains, you don’t have to worry about it that often, but since it hasn’t rained it’s good to stand there with a hose and get it nice and thorough,” she said.
She said the temperature should stay below 160 degrees. It should not be too hot to touch.
“If center is getting above 160, you might want to hose it down or turn it again,” said Lavigne.
She said smaller compost piles are more manageable.
“If you have a big pile, divide it into two piles,” she said. “The bigger the pile the hotter it can get in the center.”
AFD said in addition to minding your compost, you should also keep an eye on the brush around it.
“If you don’t keep the vegetation around your compost pile very short, it adds to the fire and it can just take off running,” said Baker. – KXAN
Father Yahweh is bringing back balance to Her creation on earth. We see destruction in nature as the remedy for imbalance in natural disasters. Earthquakes that destroy structures and foundations as well as change landscapes. Fire (sometimes used purposefully as a tool) that destroys grass and trees that in time grow back greener and healthier. Volcanoes that erupt and bury things as well as change landscapes. Tsunamis and Hurricanes that wash away everything but can also cleanse and restore. It does appear that destruction in one way or another is a tool in which balance is achieved.
Isaiah 65:11, 12
“But you who abandon the LORD,
who forget My holy mountain,
who prepare a table for Fortune
and fill bowls of mixed wine for Destiny,
I will destine you for the sword,
and all of you will kneel down to be slaughtered,
because I called and you did not answer,
I spoke and you did not hear;
you did what was evil in My sight
and chose what I did not delight in.”
A fire fueled by dry and windy conditions broke out in Oklahoma City Tuesday, consuming more than 1,500 acres of a heavily wooded section of the city, fire officials told the Associated Press.
The fire forced hundreds of residents to evacuate, quickly destroyed 10 to 12 homes and left more than 7,000 homes and businesses in the area without power Tuesday as utility poles went up in a blaze.
Two injuries were reported, including a woman who was overcome by smoke and a firefighter who was treated for what may have been heat exhaustion, fire department officials said.
Air tankers and helicopters were brought in to help fight the fires, which had been largely contained by Tuesday night. The exact cause of the blaze has not been determined.
In Texas, firefighters worked through the night Tuesday to make progress on a fast-moving blaze in the state’s northern section that has already destroyed at least 25 homes in the resort community of Possum Kingdom Lake, about 75 miles west of Fort Worth.
“There are burned foundations all around here,” Jim Douglas of ABC affiliate WFAA-TV reported Tuesday from inside the fire zone . “These apartments are clearly going to go to the ground. Volunteer firefighters are trying to save those homes.”
The fire began early in the day Tuesday and had spread to an estimated 7,500 acres in Palo Pinto County by late Tuesday night, Texas Forest Service spokesman John Nichols told WFAA.
The fire comes just four months after massive blazes in roughly the same area scorched hundreds of thousands of acres and destroyed 160 homes.
Just as in Oklahoma, the exact cause of the blaze in Texas is not yet known. – ABC News
Revelation 9:18 “A third of the human race was killed by these three plagues—by the fire, the smoke, and the sulfur that came from their mouths.”
A third of the human race is slated for destruction during this tribulation period. They die from three plagues. Fire, its smoke, and sulfur. Children, the fire comes forth from volcanic activity. The sulfur is spewed forth from the volcanoes that will soon take their toll on a third of mankind by causing three unified plagues in the form of fire, toxic smoke, and heated sulfur.
Scientists worldwide are forecasting severe drought, unprecedented flooding, and scorching heat waves as a result of climate change. One thing that’s often overlooked in these discussions, however, is the effect that climate change may have on our mental health. But researchers in Australia have just published a report, A Climate of Suffering: The Real Cost of Living with Inaction on Climate Change, that gives us some new clues. Here, a brief guide to this research:
How could climate change affect our sanity?
First, natural disasters like hurricanes and floods have a profound impact on individual suffering. As a result of these disasters, as many as one in five people could suffer from anxiety, depression, suicide, domestic violence, or substance abuse, say the report’s authors. Months after tropical cyclone Larry struck Australia in 2006, for example, more than one in 10 primary school children reported symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). And in some rural Australian communities, the suicide rate has jumped by 8 percent since a massive drought took hold several years ago.
What other impacts are expected?
For years-long disasters, researchers have observed the long-term collapse of community solidarity. For instance, during and after events like the prolonged drought that has gripped Australia for more than a decade, there’s “a breakdown of social cohesion caused by loss of work and associated stability,” says Erik Jensen in the Sydney Morning Herald.
Who is most vulnerable to these problems?
Children are particularly susceptible to mental health issues like pre-disaster anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder. And the long-term mental health effects of climate change are likely to be felt strongest inpoorer countries and in rural areas within industrialized nations, the study finds, since these places have the least access to mental health services.
Aren’t natural disasters like hurricanes and droughts normal?
Yes, but not with the intensity and frequency many areas of the world are now seeing. ”While cyclones, drought, bushfires [wildfires], and floods are all a normal part of Australian life, there is no doubt our climate is changing,” say the report’s authors. ”For instance, the intensity and frequency of bushfires is greater. This is a ‘new normal’, for which the past provides little guidance.” – The Week
Yes, the climate is changing – but it’s at the same time much more than just “climate change”, as many would hope and expect us to believe. Extreme weather has become the norm because we are currently in the Tribulation, and have been now for several years. And Yahweh, who is also Mother Nature, delivers Her messages via Her nature. We are a world under judgment – every nation on the planet – and Yahweh will continue to deliver Her wrath until the time Armageddon begins. Father is moving this world of people towards all out anarchy as the Wrath grows near for execution of His vengeance upon those that will be left behind in this world.
All entrances to the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge are closed through the holiday weekend as firefighters continue to battle a 10-week-old blaze that has burned well over half the 400,000-acre preserve. Jason Curry, a spokesman for the federal Incident Management Team, said the preserve will be shuttered to the public indefinitely — at least until authorities, likely with major help from the weather, get it under control. The group is trying to corral what is being called the Honey Prairie Complex Fire. “Mother Nature is in charge, with both the cause of the fire and the resolution to it,” he said. Lightning first sparked a fire on April 28 and it has been burning, in some form, ever since — consuming about 268,000 of the refuge’s 402,000 acres. National Weather Service meteorologist Coleen Decker noted that there’s no immediate relief in sight. “We are looking forward to dry conditions, with relative humidity near 30 to 35% (and) temperatures slightly above normal at 95 degrees,” she said of the upcoming forecast for the region. “We are not expecting significant precipitation until Tuesday.” Centuries ago, the Native Americans called this area Okefenoka, meaning “Land of the Trembling Earth,” according to the refuge’s website. Currently, this large swath of territory in South Georgia and north Florida — which includes cypress forest, lakes and islands, in addition to marsh — is home to more than 400,000 species of animals including alligators, Sandhill cranes and red-cockaded woodpeckers. While the threat has been ongoing, closures of certain once public parts of the park picked up last month. That includes the June 9 suspension of all boating from Kingfisher Landing, the June 13 closure of the Suwanee Canal Recreation Area and all hiking trails near the east entrance, and the June 16 closure of Stephen C. Foster State Park.
Here’s an example of Father calling for fire as part of a Judgment:
Amos 7:4 [ Second Vision: Fire ] The Lord GOD showed me this: The Lord GOD was calling for a judgment by fire. It consumed the great deep and devoured the land.”
Another example of Father’s use of executioners, Her animal kingdom, and plagues to bring Wrath:
Ezekiel 33:27 “Tell them this: This is what the Lord GOD says: As surely as I live, those who are in the ruins will fall by the sword, those in the open field I have given to wild animals to be devoured, and those in the strongholds and caves will die by plague.”