Texas Wildfires, Via Facebook and Twitter

Recently we wondered what 9/11 would have been like with today's social media.

We're getting some slight taste of it with the wildfires raging through Central Texas and Magnolia.

People are tweeting updates, pleas for help rescuing livestock and horses, putting up photos and setting up pages where volunteers can help out.

Harris County officials say there is no threat here, but they have put up info on how they are helping battle the blazes.

Some sample tweets and FB updates from the web:

@broylesa : Can't tell what was more surreal this morning, the chilly pre-dawn temperature or the sinister campfire smell. #centraltxfires

@ understandblue : Per Lake Travis FD; please post that firefighters want oranges & ripe bananas. Please retweet RT @TerryKing: #Steiner

@ NickB_KVUE: Bastrop officials: even if you are staying with friends please check in with shelters so we can account for our residents. #centraltxfires

Beckie Neville I am Reposting from someone else's page. Anyone in Central Texas who needs a place to evacuate livestock can take their animals to the livestock arena located in Elgin. Please call Lorrie Phillips...anytime of the day or night. If owners don't have a trailer, she will send necessary number of trailers to get the animals out. Lorrie is taking donations of hay and grain for the people who have lost everything in the fires. Please also call Lorrie to donate hay or grain.

Chloe Flores I am available to help any way I can. I don't have a trailer but I do have a truck if anyone needs help moving animals around.. We also have 20 fenced acres in Dale if anyone would like to use it please message me! We only have 2 female donkeys on it now

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I would like to help with blankets, pillows, clothing and food.  Please tell me where in Magnolia I can bring these items and also lend a helping hand.  My heart breaks for the families and for the firefighters who are working around the clock to get these fires under control.                    judykamps@hotmail.com


Coming back from San Antonio this weekend, plumes of smoke were everywhere down I-10, from Waelder up to Columbus. Coming through Weimer, there were about 30-40 haybales off the road at what looked like an arena on fire- even containing that seemed hard as hell and they were inside a large metal fence. Columbus seemed to be getting the worst out of however, I took some pictures from the road and you could see the smoke rolling in thickly. I'm not sure where the fire was actually at but traffic was moving slowly and emergency crews were all over, blocking access roads etc so my thought were it was pretty close. None of my pictures rival the one above which looks like the end of the world coming in to say the least.

I'm not deeply religious but I had to say a prayer for those folks as I was driving through. They need it right about now.


Which direction are the fires headed in Austin Tx


Meanwhile, as Texas burns, Houston's "Leading Information Source" has some pretty pictures on the front of chron.com, but no link to actual news updates. However, I did learn from that same web site that Taylor Swift is up for a "top CMA prize." So I got that going for me.

Brad Stanley
Brad Stanley

Horrible! Having gone through several fires in Malibu, the Corral Canyon Fire on November 24, 2007 was the one that destroyed my home. IMPORTANT: Homeowners don’t realize that an itemized list is required by your insurer after a loss. Plus, if I had compiled a list prior to my loss, I would have realized I was under insured! This was my families OMG moment. 

In hind sight, I wish I had done a home inventory! This is Job #1 in being prepared.

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