Friday, September 9, 2011
Not this year though.
This year the entire state is suffering form one of the hottest summers and the worst droughts on record. When you consider ninety-two degrees Fahrenheit to be cool, it's bad.
Wildfires are something that's normally a problem just in west Texas.
Right now there's a wildfire north of the city around the little town of Magnolia. We woke up to yesterday morning to what we thought was light fog. No such luck.
GK and I tried to walk the dog, but the smoke got so thick we had to turn back. I just did laundry and you could still smell it on our clothes.
I'm not belittling the awfulness of losing a home, like a lot of folks in Magnolia have, or even more tragic, the city of Bastrop. I'm scared that it'll happen to me too.
The possibility of a wildfire in the middle Houston is very real. Half the trees in Memorial Park are dead thanks to the drought. The Addicks Resevoir, which is normally a gigantic swamp, has already had one fire that burned approximately 700 acres. Other parks and green areas around Harris County are in even worse shape. All it'll take is a spark in the wrong place at the wrong time.
I think I'd rather sit through Hurricane Ike again. Three years ago, I knew it would be over by morning.
There's no end for this disaster in sight now.