Sunday started out just like any other Sunday, but I started to see status updates from local friend’s about fires in Pflugerville. That was really scary; especially when one of the fires was only 1.6 miles from my house. The wind was blowing the fire away, so we were never at risk, but if it had been a little closer? We would have been in danger.
We took the boys to watch local firefighters work at putting the fire out. It was really awesome to see Starflight working so hard to do what they could.
The day progressed and more and more fires started. The one by us became minor.
I checked facebook first thing this morning and learned that the Bastrop fire had burned more than 17,000 acres and we had friends in Steiner RAnch and BAstrop that were evacuated. I also learned that Will’s kindergarten teacher came way to close to losing her home; firefighters actually kicked her door down to get her dogs out because they thought the house was a goner. The winds shifted and the fire stopped just a few doors away.
I immediatly knew I wanted to do SOMETHING. Big or small. I wasn’t the only one that wanted to help. Our community, our city, is really pulling together.
I found this facebook page and immediatly gathered a few things, we dropped that off earlier today. She is taking just about everything. NO MONEY PLEASE.
There are plenty of other ways to help out, if you can.
If you are a blogger, local or not, consider blogging about it; awareness is so important. If you want to keep up with updates follow these twitter hashtags:
The news is using #txfire
Local bloggers will be linking all posts together and using #txblogfirerelief .
The fires continue to burn. Let’s hope no new fires start today.