Fires rage across Texas, turning drought-stricken state into raging inferno
by Mike Adams
Sunday, September 04, 2011
High winds whipped up devastating fires across Texas Sunday and sent them coursing through the tinderbox landscape at record speed. Across central Texas, spanning Austin, Waco and even approaching Shreveport, wildfires leapt across the drought-stricken state with astounding speed.
Many thousands of acres burned across the state Sunday, including a 14,000-acre fire in Bastrop, Texas, where hundreds of houses were destroyed and mandatory evacuations were issued. Click here to see a video of the fire which closed the highways there.
Another video has been posted on YouTube, showing the enormous smoke clouds that almost look like the aftermath of a volcanic eruption:
Here’s a link to some stunning photographs that really depict the magnitude of the fires:
(Photo taken by Wendy Moore.)
Fires also broke out in Travis County, Texas, where Austin is located. In Pflugerville, North of Austin, fires broke out but were later contained. As of Sunday afternoon, some of the fires raging across Texas included: