Carelessly discarded
Ferocious spreading wildfires


Texas faces its worst dry spell since 1895!

· In the past seven days, Texas Forest Service has responded to 149 fires for 17,334 acres.

· Aviation resources also were critical in fighting the recent outbreak of fires. Since Labor Day weekend, aircraft have flown more than 1,800 hours and dropped more than 5.5 million gallons of water and retardant. Six heavy airtankers, three water scoopers, 15 single-engine airtankers, four C-130 MAFFS airtankers, 13 helicopters and 17 air attack aircraft and lead planes are being utilized. Eleven Texas Army National Guard Blackhawk and Chinook helicopters from San Antonio, Austin and Grand Prairie have been crucial in the fight as well.

· The latest drought monitor shows 95 percent of the state in extreme drought, with 81 percent in exceptional drought (the highest category). Seasonal outlooks continue to indicate drying throughout the fall, so the drought is expected to worsen.

·  250 of the 254 Texas counties are reporting burn bans.

·  People and their activities cause more than 90% of all wildfires in the state. Careless debris burning (of household trash, brush and leaf piles, garden spots, etc.) results in the largest number of human-caused wildfires. Other significant wildfire causes include sparks from welding and grinding equipment, carelessly discarded smoking materials, hot vehicle pollution control equipment and arson.

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About becca givens

Becca is an artist, poet, and animal communicator. She delights in cooking, nurturing, and sharing a rich spiritual life with others on the Path.
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6 Responses to Wildfires

  1. your Haikus are brilliant, the colors and wording are perfectly fine tuned and enjoyable.


  2. Pat Cegan says:

    Important message for all of us. hugs, pat


  3. dani says:

    we have the same problem in Arizona both with drought and the danger of wildfires ~ they seem to get bigger every year. i’m afraid i have a problem with my state government allowing houses {whether a year-round home or second, vacation house} to be built in the MIDST of forests but not requiring the homeowners to provide even minimal fire-reducing measures such as clearing low growth and keeping trees a certain distance from the structures. firefighters have lost their lives protecting these structures because people were too lazy to keep up their own property. sorry, off my soapbox now. {smile} thank you for spotlighting the issue, Becca. *hugs* ♥ ♥ ♥


  4. We live near a wooded area and in dry summers this has caused many a fire.. Wise Words..to be heeded..
    Dreamwalker xox


  5. Old Raven says:

    This is so very sickening, no not your poem. Texas has been in my thoughts and prayers. At this point I would like to train many of our service persons (and I do mean many as fire fighters … and then of course use them.


    • becca givens says:

      Thank you for the thoughts and prayers!!! We sure need them … looks like some of the northern area of the state is getting some rain today … but I do not believe it will make it to us! 😦


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