Recovery efforts for Texas Wildfires

Texas has been in national news lately, and unfortunately it’s not good news. Our state has been battling massive, unprecedented wildfires – a long, hot summer combined with winds from Tropical Storm Lee sparked a number of fires around the Austin area alone. At one point, there were huge fires burning to the North, West, South, and East of Austin.

The recovery process is still going strong. Outside the town of Bastrop, a 34,000-acre wildfire burnt over 1500 homes and structures – it is the most destructive wildfire on record in Texas. These figures do not include the fires in Steiner Ranch, Leander, Spicewood, Magnolia, and other fires around the state.

Here are some ways you can learn about how to help: >> List from the Statesman

The Hyatt Lost Pines Resort, which is situated just west of Bastrop, is gathering resources for their employees affected by these fires.

Rooms booked  with code “WECARE” trigger a $25 donation from now through December 30, 2011.

Below is one of the first photos to accurately show the scale of this massive Bastrop fire. This is similar to a scene we saw driving from south towards Downtown Austin – the smoke clouds were indescribable. Via Deanna Roy:
 

Bastrop Fire behind Austin City Skyline

 

 

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