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Kay
04-20-2011, 09:49 PM
The forecast for Texas is more of the same ..... hot and dry.
I've been getting some amazing pictures of the fires from around the state.
I thought I'd share a few.

These are from the Knox City fires on 4-14-11.
This is one of my company's drilling rigs.


http://i77.photobucket.com/albums/j52/kaycrawford/Fires%202011/KnoxCityFireRig405.jpg?t=1303350081

http://i77.photobucket.com/albums/j52/kaycrawford/Fires%202011/KnoxCityFireRig404.jpg?t=1303350081

http://i77.photobucket.com/albums/j52/kaycrawford/Fires%202011/KnoxCityFireRig403.jpg?t=1303350081

http://i77.photobucket.com/albums/j52/kaycrawford/Fires%202011/KnoxCityFireRig401.jpg?t=1303350081

Kay
04-20-2011, 10:01 PM
This is from the Possum Kingdom fire, taken 4-19-11 (yesterday).

http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/mywesttexas.com/content/tncms/assets/editorial/8/a5/455/8a545526-6b8f-11e0-8055-001cc4c03286-revisions/4daf469ae6f91.image.jpg
From Midland Reporter Telegram (http://www.mywesttexas.com/article_8fac267a-6b8f-11e0-8ff7-001cc4c03286.html?mode=image&photo=1)

The article with this picture says that we have now lost two firemen in these fires.
It's been reported that fire fighters from over 25 different states have responded.
This Possum Kingdom fire has been burning out of control for several days.

Kay
04-22-2011, 11:50 AM
Near Marfa Texas 4-9-11

http://graphics8.nytimes.com/images/2011/04/12/us/DISASTER-BOTTOM/DISASTER-BOTTOM-articleLarge.jpg
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/12/us/12wildfire.html?_r=2

It's horrible to think of all the pets and livestock that have been lost in these fires. :(

Kay
04-22-2011, 11:53 AM
McDonald's Observatory near Ft. Davis, Texas

http://a1.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/215484_10150159152449123_16147034122_6729981_28413 54_n.jpg
Frank Cianciolo/McDonald Observatory

txradioguy
04-22-2011, 01:16 PM
Did I read correctly that the one in Midland County burned 86,000 acres?

Kay
04-22-2011, 01:44 PM
Tx, I've lost tract. There have been so many fires over the past few weeks. What drives
them in the Permian Basin besides the hot winds, is that there are so many polypipe flow
lines running all over the top of the ground out here. Even with wells shut down, those
melt, so naturally the oily residue in the flow line catches fire and just keep sparking up
new fire spots.

Over 150,000 acres near San Angelo (including 800 acres on one of our properties)
burned. All of the Frying Pan Ranch area burned between Andrews and Jal NM. Big
Springs also had a bad one that was in the tens of thousands of acres.

The one Midland fire that we had about 2 weeks ago burned from the Midland Airport
(FM 1788) all the way to south Midkiff. One of my company's properties, where I have
a new $400,000 building under construction and about 90% complete, is right on the
east side of S Midkiff. Thankfully they stopped the fire there before it crossed the road,
just feet from my building. Here's a picture from KWES - thank goodness for our wide
roads. This 1 fire burned about 17,000 acres and destroyed 34 homes in south Midland.

http://kwes.images.worldnow.com/images/14419449_BG6.jpg
http://www.kwes.com/story/14419449/grassfires-burn-across-the-basin

The one silver lining in all this, is when the rains finally do come,
Texas sure is going to be pretty and green.

Kay
04-22-2011, 01:49 PM
As is getting to be the norm....:confused:
The British papers seem to have better coverage on this.
There are some more awesome pictures at these links:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1378816/Texas-wildfires-Million-acres-scorched-towns-red-alert.html

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1378568/Texas-wildfires-Satellite-images-reveal-destruction-1-000-square-miles-land.html

txradioguy
04-22-2011, 02:09 PM
Tx, I've lost tract. There have been so many fires over the past few weeks. What drives
them in the Permian Basin besides the hot winds, is that there are so many polypipe flow
lines running all over the top of the ground out here. Even with wells shut down, those
melt, so naturally the oily residue in the flow line catches fire and just keep sparking up
new fire spots.

Over 150,000 acres near San Angelo (including 800 acres on one of our properties)
burned. All of the Frying Pan Ranch area burned between Andrews and Jal NM. Big
Springs also had a bad one that was in the tens of thousands of acres.

The one Midland fire that we had about 2 weeks ago burned from the Midland Airport
(FM 1788) all the way to south Midkiff. One of my company's properties, where I have
a new $400,000 building under construction and about 90% complete, is right on the
east side of S Midkiff. Thankfully they stopped the fire there before it crossed the road,
just feet from my building. Here's a picture from KWES - thank goodness for our wide
roads. This 1 fire burned about 17,000 acres and destroyed 34 homes in south Midland.

http://kwes.images.worldnow.com/images/14419449_BG6.jpg
http://www.kwes.com/story/14419449/grassfires-burn-across-the-basin

The one silver lining in all this, is when the rains finally do come,
Texas sure is going to be pretty and green.

Despite the fires that are scorching the countryside back there...just reading this and seeing all the places you described...made me very VERY homesick. :(

I've got to find a way to get back there that doesn't involve having anything to do with my patents.

Kay
04-22-2011, 02:28 PM
I've got to find a way to get back there that doesn't involve having anything to do with my patents.

Hey, you and BJ will always have a place to stay if you ever get to come home.
I have a big guest room with y'alls name on it, anytime. :)

txradioguy
04-22-2011, 02:32 PM
Hey, you and BJ will always have a place to stay if you ever get to come home.
I have a big guest room with y'alls name on it, anytime. :)

I'm gonna hold you to that.