Clear and windy! To the southeast 11:30 a.m., 17 APR 11

Location of Flying Hat Ranch is in north Erath County, Texas, CR 114, off of SH 108 about 0.2 mile.  It’s in the Cross Timbers country of Texas.

I am not usually given to posting frequently, but the wildfires in our area have prompted more writing.  I had 496 hits yesterday and an e-mail from KXAS NBC 5 in Dallas-Fort Worth requesting further “news” postings.  “News,” of course, to a television station is one thing, but to me, to us, in the blogosphere is another.  So here’s what’s going on poste haste, for my friends and acquaintances.  If it’s news to NBC 5, so much the better.

At 11:30 a.m., I took the following photo.  There’s no smoke, no fire.  The wind is 25 m.p.h. out of the south-southeast, the temperature is currently 80 degrees, and the humidity is 14 percent.  The gusts of wind are exceeding 30 m.p.h.  I have weather equipment, except for wind velocity, in the front yard.  The wind is quite frankly, scary.

I have repaired the Pecan Tree Pasture fence — more in a post later — from a deliberate cutting by thieves to get into our neighbor’s workshop.

Trailers are hitched, pasture gates are either unlocked or open for fire trucks and game wardens if necessary, Star is in the corral, the barn door is chained and water hoses are spread about the ranch house and barn.  Brenda and I have already gone through our checklist of what we will take out of the house, if necessary.  First and foremost, come Yeller and Lottie our dogs into the pickup, then our passports.  We load up Star, then throw what we can in the stock trailer.

Here’s the photo of the Texas landscape from the direction the wind is blowing.  It’s clear.  More later.

A click of your mouse will produce a larger, more detailed picture.  (Forget the copyright line, it just popped up.  Anyone can use this with proper attribution — as is the custom in our community.)

11:30 a.m. CDT, April 17, 2011, view from Poprock Hill, facing southeast, Flying Hat Ranch.



Filed under Wildfire

2 responses to “Clear and windy! To the southeast 11:30 a.m., 17 APR 11

  1. Thanks for keeping us apprised of the situation. I like that a news source is requesting info from your very thoughtful “reporting.” It sounds like you’re as prepared as you can be. Always good to be so…. Your photograph is very informative, too. While looking at it enlarged, I felt as though I could stand on the road and sense exactly how the day feels. And one of those nice forever views, too. Hopefully, it will remain clear and smoke-free.

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