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Watch out for falling cows...Great report Joe, any pics to share?
Quote from: "SHANEA"Watch out for falling cows...Where in the world did you find that photo of the "watch for falling cows" sign? I always thought my friend painted the one near Study Butte. I'll have to ask her about it and get the story.
Watch out for falling cows...
As you no doubt have realized by now, I'm not much of a picture-taker :oops: Where in the world did you find that photo of the "watch for falling cows" sign? I always thought my friend painted the one near Study Butte. I'll have to ask her about it and get the story.
On the way back to Alpine I could see the Glass Mountains outside of Marathon, and there was a big fire burning on top of
Lightning sparks complex of fires in the Glass MountainsBy JAMES TIERNEYBREWSTER COUNTY – When it rains it burns in the Big Bend region this summer. Last Friday evening’s brief thundershowers across the area sparked four lightning-strike fires in the Glass Mountains about 15 miles north of Highway 90 between Alpine and Marathon. On Tuesday night two of those fires combined and “blew up” into a 2,300 acre burn that by Wednesday afternoon was only 50 percent contained. Two unidentified ranch houses and a cabin remained threatened by the blaze.The Marathon Volunteer Fire Department, led by Chief Daniel Eaton, was first on the scene Friday night and the Texas Forest Service was quickly called in to assist on what now amounts to over 6,500 acres of scorched earth. Suppression efforts are continuing with a total of 58 Texas Forest Service personnel working in the area and anywhere from one to four Marathon firefighters who are supplying water refills for the Forest Service. Working on foot in the mountains is the 20-man Jackson Hotshots, a full-time, type 1 fire crew out of Jackson, Mississippi. They’ve chased one fire up a mountain and are digging around and burning out the others.“I’m tired,” said Chief Eaton Wednesday morning. “One of the fires blew up last night.” Eaton says the fires have primarily hit the Homer Mills Ranch, but have also flanked the Parker Ranch, the Boss Ranch and the Blakemore. He said the glow of last night’s flare-up was visible from Marathon. “We’re heading out now,” he said, looking at another day on the line.In addition to Marathon’s 2,900 gallon tanker, the Forest Service also has two five-person engines, and three three-person engines, along with three helicopters and water tanks of their own, all down from the temporary West Texas Initial Attack team in Fort Stockton. According to Texas Forest Service public information officer Lewis Kearney, speaking from the coordination center in Midland, the hotshot crew has been working 14-15 hour shifts and bedding down overnight at the Fort Stockton base. The fires for the most part are in tough terrain and are inaccessible to vehicles. The helicopters have been used to drop the individual firefighters into the remote locations. “We want a seasoned crew,” said Kearney of the Hotshots. “They’re full-time. When they’re not in Texas they are in California or somewhere else. This is all they do.”On Monday Kearney had described the West fire as “up high in the Cathedral peaks, very difficult to get into. It’s a low priority now and we’ll let it burn unless it comes down the mountain.” But it was this fire that, pushed by strong winds, jumped the control lines and combined with the equally remote Tank fire early Wednesday morning to add 500 acres to the burn and threaten the ranch homes in the area. “At 1 a.m. the relative humidity was 18 percent,” said Kearney on Wednesday morning. “You know how that is...It made a significant run last night.”As of press time the situation was as follows: the Blue Canyon fire, where one old cook shack has already been destroyed, is holding steady at 3,000 acres, and is 60 percent contained; the Robber’s Roost fire was at 450 with no visible signs of smoke and “we hope to call it contained at the end of shift,” said Kearney; and the West and Tank fires, which burned into a single fire, and are now known as the West Tank fire, was at 2,300 acres and 50 percent contained.Though these fires originated from natural causes, a weary Chief Eaton wanted to stress to the public that “if people buy fireworks, please be extremely careful with them, and try to avoid them unless we have rain. Please obey the county burn ban.” There are no-exceptions county burn bans in Brewster, Jeff Davis and Presidio counties and the state of the entire region is one of “extreme wildfire danger.”The fight should continue in the Glass Mountains at least through the end of the week.
Thanks for the report, Joe. I've seen, first hand, what feral hogs can do to the land down in Florida east of Sarasota. It aint pretty. The area I'm talking about has a lot of soft soil, so they really rip it up. And, they tend to rip up large areas. Very ugly. I saw a group of ~ 10 in the Myakka River area. The adults were large and came in different color schemes;black,tan,white and combinations of those colors. Apparently, they're very hard to exterminate.
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