About 15 years ago, when my family lived in Fort Mill, there was a tornado warning in our area. I don’t remember where dad was, but I do remember mom, Amy and I huddling together in the hallway, clutching a flashlight for dear life.  That was the only time I could remember ever being afraid for my life…until this past Wednesday.

Around 4:30 that afternoon, Trey called to check on me.  He asked me to look out the window, to go outside and see if I could “smell” anything.  At first, I didn’t notice it, but upon closer inspection, I could see a plume of dark smoke out our livingroom window.  I couldn’t look away.  I was paralized.  Up until that moment, the Texas Wildfires were this distant threat that would never really be a problem. But there, out my livingroom window, was evidence that the wildfires were much closer than I thought. 

 Camp Bullis wildfire

A large wildfire broke out on land in the western part of Camp Bullis north of San Antonio on Wednesday afternoon, raising concerns that nearby homes could be threatened as flames continue to spread.

The fire is reportedly situated on land east of Ralph Fair Road near Dietz Elkhorn Road. That’s near the Fair Oaks Ranch subdivision and the Fair Oaks Country Club.

Authorities said several roads in the area have been closed to the public to keep people safe. Ralph Fair Road is closed beginning at Pimlico Lane. Dietz Elkhorn Road is also closed, along with Fair Oaks Parkway. Drivers were being diverted into neighborhoods.

The fire is still covering a wide area and continuing to move. About 60 acres had been burned by about 5:30 p.m. Camp Stanley, which is just south of the fire area, was endangered by the advancing flames.

Evacuations were under way in some spots, while others were trying to get to their houses.

About 4,500 customers in the area were without power, and officials were asking others who do have power to conserve.

Dozens of fire and police units had converged on the scene, and air support has been called in to help, Bexar County spokeswoman Laura Jesse said.

Dry, hot winds have been driving wildfires in the San Antonio area since the weekend.

– courtesy of www.kens5.com


Just four miles away from our apartment, that fire was too close for comfort.  By bedtime that night, the fire marshall let residents (who lived much closer to the flames) return to their homes and I could no longer see the smoke rising in the distance.

Since we live in an apartment and don’t have a yard to worry about, I didn’t pay much attention to the drought.  It took that fire coming into view for me to truly realize how badly Texas needs rain. 

Tropical Storm Nate is hanging out near the east Mexican coastline…it seems strange, but I find myself praying that the tropical storm will become a hurricane and that one natural disaster can save us from another…

Either that, or someone should pack up all that flooding from the northeast and send it our way.


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