Texas still suffering from drought and now deadly wildfires erupted over the holiday weekend. Fast moving wildfire claimed two lives and burned hundreds of homes close to Austin.
“The houses that were in its path on this particular roadway were taken out,” Gregg County Sheriff Maxey Cerliano said. “There were many other houses that the fire got right up to the porch.”
Estimated 1,400 acres were burned in the area alone, leaving thousands of resident homeless, their cars and barns turned into dust.
“We’ve completely depleted our resources,” Melanie Spradling, a public information officer with the Texas Forest Service, told the Tyler Morning Telegraph. “We’re on every fire we can possibly handle and then some.”
So far in 2011, 7.2 million acres of grass, scrub and forest have burned in wildfires nationwide. Of those, 3.5 million -- nearly half -- have been in Texas, according to Inciweb.