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Wildfires Sweep Alpine and Fort Davis

April 17th, 2011 10:57 PM by Ginger Turner

For those of you who haven't heard, last week was a very hard time for West Texas.  On Saturday the 9th, two wildfires erupted in two different places by two separate people and laid claim to over 100,000 acres of ranch land between Alpine and Marfa and Fort Davis.  As reported on national news, the fires engulfed several homes, killed cattle and horses, but spared human lives.  Firefighters from all over the state raced in on Monday and Tuesday of last week to help contain the fires.  Unfortunately the fires still race north of Fort Davis and because of mountainous terrain, firefighters are not able to stop the fire.  My husband, Heath, was called in on Saturday and Sunday to provide water to help detain the fire from reaching homes on the east side of Alpine.  The fire raced down hillsides and into pastures and burned through fence lines.  At night, residents of Alpine and Fort Davis could see the amber glow above the mountain ranges and see the trail of fire along the mountainside in the distance.  Very sickening to know that two careless people started these fires that continue to damage property today.  Keep praying for West Texas and pray that we get rain soon.
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Posted by Ginger Turner on April 17th, 2011 10:57 PM


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