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Magnolia Texas Fire

September 6, 2011 by USA Post 

Magnolia Texas FireMagnolia Texas Fire, Lilie Shannon had five minutes to flee their home, but she froze.  As a wildfire closer to his Austin, Texas, neighborhood, could not decide what to bring.

His six-year-old son appeared with a bag and crying. He had walked into his favorite toy and needed their help in the choice of others.

But only had five minutes to evacuate. Menacing black smoke hung outside.

“I played in my mind many times.” What I take from my house if there was a fire, “said Lilie.” Now what was really happening and I do not know what to do. ”

These are the impossible choices that fast-moving wildfires have pushed many in Texas.

Dozens of fires are burning in the dry state battles its worst fire season in its history.

Out of control flames have claimed lives, homes burned and sent thousands fleeing as Lilie.

Lilie said he had received from her wits about her, helped her son take his baseball uniform and cleats, and – with the help of his family – fill your car with a computer, photo albums and other items.

He fled the fire through the Steiner Ranch subdivision in Travis County at the home of a family member.

That was Sunday.

Two days later, she expects her husband and three young children to return home.

The state is fighting several fires as hot and dry – along with a historic drought – have the right conditions for rapid fire growth.

The fires were reported in at least 17 counties. And at least 63 new fires broke out during the weekend.

A record 3.5 million hectares – an area roughly the size of Connecticut – have burned since the start of the season in November.

“It’s very serious, scary situation,” said Jan Amen, a spokeswoman for the Texas Forest Service. “The drought has lasted so long – it’s just dry bones Anything that catches fire is removed ..”

Justin Allen, who like living in the subdivision Lilie Steiner Ranch, has also been forced to evacuate their five children.

Although he does not believe the flames reach your house, which is hidden near the back of the development, which are close enough to worry about, he said.

“It’s pretty scary,” Allen said. “This is very sad for everyone who is in that way.”

Near Houston resident Robert Waltz said he could see the smoke hanging in the sky of a wildfire that burned about 40 miles from home.

The fire was moving between 15 and 20 miles per hour and threatens the homes, authorities said.

Vals, said she was planning to volunteer to help those in danger.

“We are in Texas going to have to help each other,” he said. “If my house was about to burn to the ground, I would like someone to help me.”

On Sunday, a fire in east Texas, killing a mother and her 18 months old when flames engulfed their mobile home near Gladewater Sunday, authorities said.

But bigger the state is a major fire, not contained in Bastrop County near Austin, which as about 25,000 acres burned, destroyed at least 470 homes and forced about 5,000 residents to evacuate.

“We have a long way to go to get this thing contained,” Perry said about the burning of Bastrop. “I’ve seen a number of large fires in my life. It is this aspect as I have seen evil.”

Lisa Ross learned that he had to leave her home when her husband called 911 Bastrop after realizing an imminent fire had darkened the sky.

“You learn what is valuable in life, and not matter,” he said. “These are people in your life, and that means something to you.”

More evacuations likely that the fire from spreading, officials said. Already, hundreds of people are in shelters, while avoiding dangerous flames to find out if his house survived.

“We have already said three people living in that area that our house has been burned. I had a hunch that it did not, but now that is looking worse and worse,” said Gisele Vocal, an evacuee. “We just have to wait now.”

Jim Spellman CNN, Campbell Antoinette, Chris Welch, Paul Steinhauser, Shephard Shawna, Stephanie Gallman Anna Gonzalez contributed to this report. Old Testament times and dry, with a historic drought made conditions conducive to rapid fire growth.

“It’s very serious, scary situation,” said Jan Amen, a spokeswoman for the Texas Forest Service. “The drought has lasted so long – it’s just dry bones Anything that catches fire is removed ..”

Over the weekend, officials said low humidity and strong winds of Lee, which made landfall as a tropical storm, but then weakened further fanned the flames.

A red flag warning was in effect for much of eastern, central and southern Texas on Monday, with gusts to 35 mph in some places, according to the National Weather Service.

A fire broke out about 45 miles north of Houston on Monday afternoon. It was moving between 15 and 20 mph and threatened homes, said Rhonda Reinholz the Volunteer Fire Department Magnolia.

Another fire burning in Steiner Ranch subdivision in Travis County, forcing families to flee their homes. Justin Allen evacuated from there with their five children. Although he does not believe the flames reach your house, which is hidden near the back of the development, which are close enough to worry about, he said.

“It’s pretty scary,” Allen said. “This is very sad for everyone who is in that way.”

The outbreak of fires prompted Perry to return to Texas from South Carolina, where he planned to participate in a forum for Republican presidential candidates.

The major fire, not contained in Bastrop County near Austin, was the largest in the state Monday. 476 homes were destroyed, according to Judge Ronnie McDonald Bastrop County, and threatened nearly 1,000 others, officials with the team of Forest Service management of incidents. About 5,000 residents evacuated as flames approached, authorities said.

Lisa Ross learned that he had to leave her home when her husband called 911 Bastrop after realizing an imminent fire had darkened the sky.

“You learn what is valuable in life, and not matter,” he said. “These are people in your life, and that means something to you.”

Cars full of belongings and pets filled with a gas station on a road near Austin, attorney Jonathan A. From Zendeh said. “I lived in Texas most of my life and I have never seen a fire so big in the heart of Texas,” he said.

Officials issued a boil water notice for parts of Bastrop Monday. Dark clouds of smoke across the sky could be seen miles from the fire.

Satellite images showed Monday that the fire is spread over about 25,000 hectares, jumping from the Colorado River and a highway, the Texas Forest Service said.

More evacuations likely that the fire from spreading, officials said. Already, hundreds of people are in shelters, while avoiding dangerous flames to find out if his house survived.

“We have already said three people living in that area that our house has been burned. I had a hunch that it did not, but now that is looking worse and worse,” said Gisele Vocal, an evacuee. “We just have to wait now.”

Firefighters used Black Hawk helicopters to douse the flames with a mixture of water and fire retardant Monday, authorities said.

The fire forced the parties to state highways 71 and 21 to close and additional road closures are expected.

At least 63 new fires in Texas on Sunday burned nearly 33,000 acres, state fire service. The fires were reported in at least 17 counties.

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