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Massive Wildfire Breaks Out in Texas. Thousands Urged to Evacuate Their Homes.

Officials in Texas are urging residents to flee their homes after a massive wildfire broke out north of Houston.

According to the Walker County Office of Emergency Management, a major fire erupted Friday afternoon in a wooded area along Lost Indian Camp Road.

The latest update from officials said that the fire had stretched to encompass 1,000 acres and had been contained by five percent.

Just hours previously, the fire was estimated to be spread out across 100 acres, before growing to 500 acres – prompting officials to ask those living nearby to flee.

The latest update from the Texas Forest Service said: ‘The fire in Walker County is an estimated 1,000 acres and 5% contained.

‘Fire behavior is high to extreme. Aviation resources are assisting ground crews with cooling the fire and slowing spread. Dozers work to build containment line.’

In a notice shared on social media the Walker County Office of Emergency Management said: ‘Major fire on Lost Indian Camp Road off FM247.

‘FM247 is closed both lanes from Pinedale to FM2989. Evacuation recommended everything within 3 miles of Lost Indian Camp Road. Air attack is dropping water.

ABC reported that authorities have now closed a six and a half mile stretch of the FM

It remains unclear at this time as to what caused the fire or if anyone has been injured.

According to a statement issued by Governor Greg Abbott, the state is currently experiencing triple-digit temperatures, with more than 98 percent of the state experiencing drought.

Neighbors also told Fox26 that homes have been burned and livestock evacuated from the area.

Images and video shared on social media show thick dark plumes of smoke leeching up into the air as the fire burns.

Footage taken from the air shows just how large the wildfire has managed to stretch to in such a short time.

The camera footage even struggles to pick out the flames due to the thick smoke below.

The Walker County government website stated it issued a burn ban all the way back on July 31, which restricts most outdoor ignitions.

The reported burn area is located 83 miles outside of downtown Houston.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott also announced that he had directed the Texas A&M Forest Service to open the Austin Airtanker base at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport to assist in wildfire suppression.

Governor Abbott said in a statement: ‘Texas has activated the Austin Airtanker Base to further assist our brave firefighters and emergency response personnel throughout the state and protect Texans from these wildfires.

‘Additional resources through this airtanker base will provide even greater support to state and local officials as they swiftly respond.

‘With triple-digit heat forecasted for this Labor Day weekend, I urge Texans to remain weather-aware and limit any activities that may cause sparks or flames that could lead to accidental fires.’

The base will serve as a reload station for aircraft coming and going to the wildfires.

READ 10 COMMENTS
  • Tamirose170 says:

    I wonder how many EV cars were in the area of both Hawaii, CA and Texas. Hawaii’s vehicles would be exposed to water & moisture, as a daily thing. But I wonder how many EV cars that were originally located in places of a Hurricane for sale were then moved to other cities and put on the lot? I hate to think folks would do that – but this is Obama/Biden mentality. If any EV gets any type of Hurricane or Tropical Storm damage/moisture and then it is relocated elsewhere…..it is a HAZARD wherever it goes. They used to be required to fill out form with each VIN # and state on the Title if it was in an accident, flood, etc – but who follows Laws & Rules anymore in our Upper echolon? I don’t trust our officials and I’ve never trusted car salesman.

  • Ricky says:

    Another Soros paid arsonist to prop up the “climate change” hoax.

  • Gloria says:

    Why can’t one break out at the friggin border?

  • Guest says:

    Wildfire or Arson fire since that’s what the majority are.

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