Here in Texas we have our disasters and I read today that Raleigh, North Carolina, has been hit hard by tornadoes. These are events I do not like to have in common.
The winds are still high at 8:30 p.m., but are diminishing on our place in north Erath County, Texas (Flying Hat Ranch or FHR). As you can see from the photos, we are fortunate that Spring has greened the pastures and trees about our porch and pastures. North of us, only five miles or so, the country is not as green and in the Cross Timbers area north of Strawn, cedar trees and dry grass give fuel for fire. I have neither heard nor read how these fires started, but arson is not suspected. These events tumble out of random, discrete events, and we will probably never know how these fires began.
Here are photos taken this afternoon from the field. All of these photos are north of Strawn, Texas, or at the command post. Strawn is ten miles northwest of our place.
The order to evacuate Strawn is based on systematic criteria by the Texas Forest Service, Department of Public Safety and other state offices. Strawn is not a ghost town as the result of the order, but villagers are quite cautious, standing in the yards and making their decisions to stay or leave. I saw no panic or flight of citizens. There were several dozens of horse trailers pulling horses going out of town along Davidson Cemetery Road.
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