Sunday, May 8, 2011

Another Fire! Looks close.

Just walked out the door a few minutes ago and saw more smoke north of here. Looks like another fire and I'd say its considerably closer than Alpine. That's the legion where the light is.

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  1. I heard on ham radio they were going to evacuate parts of Alpine.
    Burn your trash tonight as I believe all the firefighters will be busy ;0

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  2. Don't think I want to give them more work so I'll pass on that. From where the smoke is it looks like it would be off of 118 somewhere between here and the checkpoint?

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  3. Wow, thats wild, and they are evacuating parts of Alpine?

    I would think that in times of drought like this, that the thing to do is cut down all the brush and grass near a house to create a 'fire break". Is that feasable in that region?

    Tffnguy, I took the M1A out to the range yesterday and got the scope sighted in. I got about nine bullseye shots in a three inch group at 100 yards. The scopes not perfect, but for the type of rifle I have, it seems to be working out ok. (soon not a lone empty beer can will be safe in Terlingua:)

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  4. CC, I'm sure that would be a wise thing to do and in most areas I think I have the grass and other stuff cut back far enough, but with high wind and sparks flying probably not. Now if you cut all of the stuff close to a house you can't burn it so that means it will be piled up somewhere for the wind to blow it. If a fire starts and the wind was blowing hard then more than likely it would be blowing burning tumble grass back to the house. I say tumble grass because when you uproot the native grass here its like a small tumble weed.

    Sounds good on the M1. I did a little long distance shooting myself yesterday (maybe 100 yards), but without a scope I only got one shot in the target.

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  5. A large fire is just on the west side of Alpine. (There may also be others closer, but I bet this is the one you're seeing.) You can see more detail photos on the Brewster County Facebook page.

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  6. Could be, but it looks like it is east of Alpine and closer than the last fire I saw up that way. I don't see any glow from here though so maybe its further away than it looks. The ridge between here and there would keep the fire from being visible from here though.

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  7. I dont think I can recall the last time there were so many wildfires in Texas.

    We were so fortunate to get rain late this afternoon in Del Rio but right now if you go outside you would not even know it had done so.

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  8. MsB, I've lived in Texas all my life and don't ever remember anything that even comes close to what has been happening with all the fires. BTW there is no visible signs of the smoke plumb this morning so it may well have been the fire up near Alpine. I sure hope the lack of seeing the plumb means they have it under control?

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