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Title: Fort Davis in Flames
Post by: Alpine Montessori School on April 10, 2011, 08:01:22 AM
As of last night, the Marfa stonehouse fire had taken into the town of Fort Davis, several structures were lost, the fire had breached the state park as of last reports last night. I know it has headed up to Balmorrhea and there were worries it would make it to Ft. Stockton but until our limited news resources recover from last nights coverage we have no updates.

We do know that the Fort Davis area has been deeply affected. If you have any plans to visit there in the next week, I'd call them off. After that, you'll want to call ahead and see what the conditions are in the town.

In the meantime, your prayers, well wishes, and whatever else you can spare are welcome.
Title: Re: Fort Davis in Flames
Post by: Voni on April 13, 2011, 08:03:03 AM
From
Texas Mountain Trail Region
"The word Praise does not feel strong enough. The word Gratitude does not feel strong enough. But our thanks go out to the firefighters, volunteers and everyone helping with the fight against wildfires in our region. There have been many losses, but also SO much has survived, thanks to you."

Now, come visit. 
The fire missed the Fort, the downtown, and the Observatory.
They need your tourist dollars.

Voni
Title: Re: Fort Davis in Flames
Post by: Alpine Montessori School on April 13, 2011, 03:53:08 PM
Yes, come! Most places are still operating, Prude Ranch was in full swing yesterday and the town of Fort Davis is holding an Easter Egg hunt on Easter with the price of admission being a nonperishable food item!
Title: Re: Fort Davis in Flames
Post by: SHANEA on April 15, 2011, 09:04:28 AM
Sign Post Up a-head
Title: Re: Fort Davis in Flames
Post by: SHANEA on April 15, 2011, 04:45:42 PM
http://www.inciweb.org/incident/2166/ and http://www.geomac.gov/viewer/viewer.shtml
Title: Re: Fort Davis in Flames
Post by: Voni on April 16, 2011, 02:55:44 PM
"McDonald Observatory
Due to wildfire conditions in the area, the McDonald Observatory, including the Visitors Center, will be CLOSED to the public through at least Monday, April 18. If you have reservations for programs during this time, refunds will be processed as soon as possible when we re-open. Status updates will be posted on Facebook."

Voni
Title: Re: Fort Davis in Flames
Post by: Terlingua50337 on April 17, 2011, 10:18:58 AM
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10150158282214123&set=pu.16147034122&type=1&theater

Beautiful in its way. We have to look to the positive in this too. Eventually this will help the entire area.
Title: Re: Fort Davis in Flames
Post by: SHANEA on April 18, 2011, 10:46:13 AM
Got this information from someone in the area...
 Websites of interest re: wildfires
this first one links to a forest Service site where you will find at the bottom right on the page a CONUS KMZ file that you will need Google Earth loaded on your computer to display the data. It shows the active fires in the US and Mexico and is updated daily.

http://activefiremaps.fs.fed.us/lg_fire2.php #

http://txforestservice.tamu.edu/main/article.aspx?id=12888

http://wildfiretoday.com/ - map of Coahuila fires at bottom

http://bigbendnow.com/

http://alpinedailyplanet.typepad.com/alpine-daily-planet/big-bend-news/

http://www.marfapublicradio.org/


FIRES IN MEXICO

http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD/view.php?id=50087&src=imgrss

http://www.laht.com/article.asp?ArticleId=391478&CategoryId=14091

PICTURE:  (attached is a photo of the Rock House Fire racing (KRTS reported 6
miles/hour) towards Fort Davis.  http://www.marfapublicradio.org/

6mph - wow, can't out run it for sure - hate to be backpacking/camping in the area and see that!  Imagine being on the OML, up in the high Chisos, or the Window trail and seeing that!   :icon_eek:
Title: Re: Fort Davis in Flames
Post by: SHANEA on April 18, 2011, 02:24:57 PM
thanks Shanea, you do a terrific job!

thank ya!  mucho gracias! 

That fire picture reminds me of this for some reason...

or maybe what Dresden was like during the fire storms...
Title: Re: Fort Davis in Flames
Post by: MyLifeOutdoors on April 18, 2011, 03:07:16 PM
Did y'all see this one from Big Bend Stuff (http://bigbendstuff.blogspot.com/)?

(http://3.bp.blogspot.com/--UwuXUUDK3M/TauLf2BWSoI/AAAAAAAAHJY/E9Gr9EyetFs/s1600/Fort%2BDavis.jpg)
Title: Re: Fort Davis in Flames
Post by: SHANEA on April 18, 2011, 05:04:05 PM
Actually, that picture is from http://secure.smilebox.com/ecom/openTheBox?sendevent=4d6a51774d7a4d314f44593d0d0a&blogview=true&campaign=blog_playback_link (http://secure.smilebox.com/ecom/openTheBox?sendevent=4d6a51774d7a4d314f44593d0d0a&blogview=true&campaign=blog_playback_link) picture 19 on the thread of "What the Fire"...
Title: Re: Fort Davis in Flames
Post by: SHANEA on April 18, 2011, 05:18:36 PM
I'll title this one "smoke signals"
http://www.as.utexas.edu/mcdonald/webcams/locke-n-view.jpg
Title: Re: Fort Davis in Flames
Post by: jeffblaylock on April 19, 2011, 02:16:08 PM
From a Facebook friend of mine, an incredible photo of the McDonald Observatory and the fires:
Title: Re: Fort Davis in Flames
Post by: SHANEA on April 19, 2011, 02:52:51 PM
http://www.inciweb.org/incident/photographs/2166/

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Credit: Frank Cianciola
Title: Re: Fort Davis in Flames
Post by: catz on April 19, 2011, 07:30:31 PM
As horrible as they are, we can at least be thankful that the flames have not reached McDonald Observatory--at least not yet.
Title: Re: Fort Davis in Flames
Post by: Boojum1 on April 20, 2011, 01:07:07 PM
Photo credit now attributed to Benny Briggs
Title: Re: Fort Davis in Flames
Post by: SHANEA on April 20, 2011, 01:55:42 PM
http://www.facebook.com/McDonaldObservatory (http://www.facebook.com/McDonaldObservatory)

Man, those are scary spooky pictures... 
Title: Re: Fort Davis in Flames
Post by: SHANEA on April 20, 2011, 04:33:15 PM
Smoke in the distance...  Looks more like a mushroom cloud.

All is clear at Big Bend and Marathon...

Don't see anything at BGWMA - but their cameras have gone static...
http://livecam.buckeyecam.com/lcamera.html?user=tbs (http://livecam.buckeyecam.com/lcamera.html?user=tbs)
Title: Re: Fort Davis in Flames
Post by: homerboy2u on April 20, 2011, 05:13:03 PM
Smoke in the distance...  Looks more like a mushroom cloud.

 I am telling you...you do not want to be in that fire watch job, you are consulting..... :eusa_naughty:

  Check out that Fire Vortex picking up speed in the Del Burro's (http://www.zocalo.com.mx/seccion/articulo/video-incendio-en-coahuila-infierno-que-no-tiene-fin)...have not had enough?, Ok.  Here it is another  (http://www.zocalo.com.mx/seccion/articulo/video-un-mes-de-incendios-en-coahuila), can not say to enjoy. But at least to be more informed...... :icon_frown:
Title: Re: Fort Davis in Flames
Post by: SA Bill on April 20, 2011, 06:34:18 PM
Smoke in the distance...  Looks more like a mushroom cloud.

 I am telling you...you do not want to be in that fire watch job, you are consulting..... :eusa_naughty:

  Check out that Fire Vortex picking up speed in the Del Burro's (http://www.zocalo.com.mx/seccion/articulo/video-incendio-en-coahuila-infierno-que-no-tiene-fin)...have not had enough?, Ok.  Here it is another  (http://www.zocalo.com.mx/seccion/articulo/video-un-mes-de-incendios-en-coahuila), can not say to enjoy. But at least to be more informed...... :icon_frown:

Wow! I guess those are like dust devils we see in the summer. Pretty scarry to see flames whirling around like that.  :nailbitting:
   Bill
Title: Re: Fort Davis in Flames
Post by: Alpine Montessori School on April 20, 2011, 07:32:57 PM
Smoke in the distance...  Looks more like a mushroom cloud.

All is clear at Big Bend and Marathon...


The wunderground fire map is now showing two fires withing BBNP, any info on those?
Title: Re: Fort Davis in Flames
Post by: SHANEA on April 20, 2011, 09:48:34 PM
Something in the distance...

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The wunderground fire map is now showing two fires withing BBNP, any info on those?

I checked Google Earth Real-Time in infrared and visible as the bird was passing over and didn't see anything. 
Title: Re: Fort Davis in Flames
Post by: SHANEA on May 01, 2011, 06:54:24 PM
making progress - 82% @ 313,323 acres
all from a little electrical fire   :icon_eek:
http://inciweb.org/incident/2166/ (http://inciweb.org/incident/2166/)
Title: Re: Fort Davis in Flames
Post by: MyLifeOutdoors on May 10, 2011, 10:05:27 AM
Last Saturday I got a chance to head down to the Davis Mountains and see what the fire had done. I didn't have as much time to look as I would have liked but was able to snap a few pics. No additional photos...but I talk about the fire a little on my blog: MyLifeOutdoors.com (http://www.mylifeoutdoors.com/2011/05/fire-damage-davis-mountains-texas.html)

(http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-MxRw45Eak7Y/TchX2q9NlkI/AAAAAAAABYs/XldjphitGN4/s1600/Fire-Damage-Fort-Davis-Rose-Pass.jpg)

(http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-5ElxVZtyU-k/TchYHClq6XI/AAAAAAAABYw/ErMc0LTSU2M/s1600/Fire-Damage-Fort-Davis.jpg)

(http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-VmYDh3pearc/TchY4Ld3N3I/AAAAAAAABY8/ENusGq21JNA/s1600/Fire-Damage-Fort-Davis2.jpg)

(http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-vU2PLYi-n4s/TchY4VN1z_I/AAAAAAAABZA/5jxNH8gjpEg/s1600/Fire-Damage-Fort-Davis3.jpg)

(http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-ArVnIW8nvgM/TchYZ_9MARI/AAAAAAAABY0/18YX2s2orFs/s1600/Regrowth-after-Fire-Fort-Davis.jpg)

(http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-bb_5oMAGygo/TchYiNYwkjI/AAAAAAAABY4/b1dFZBFYBYA/s1600/Regrowth-after-Fire-Fort-Davis1.jpg)

(http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-VpIH3Uc2SyY/TchZNcFS1_I/AAAAAAAABZE/MNry9AChwvs/s1600/Fire-Damage-Fort-Davis-hwy-17.jpg)