Austin, TX – Tragedy has befallen Texas as an extended heat wave with no precipitation may have proven to create a perfect environment for an arsonist to start a fire that has claimed now over 1,000 homes and 100,000 acres. Officials state the at least 60 wildfires have ravages rain-starved Texas and the most tragic of them all is still fueled, reaping devestation outside the city of Austin.
Concerned and dutiful, Governor Rick Perry cut short his presidential campaign trip to South Carolina on Monday to return to join firefighters in directly combatting the massive fires that are destroying Texas. Perry first stopped and joined with firefighters near Bastrop, near Austin, where a fast moving inferno completely destroyed over 600 homes.
In a press conference, Perry stated that since December, over 3.5 million acres of Texas have been consumed by fire. Such a massive area is nearly the size of Connecticut. This newest span of blazes have wiped out another 100,000 acres.
“The magnitude of these losses are pretty stunning,” a visibly concerned Perry stated.
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Unlike the great hurricanes last week precipated by offensive gay marriage legislation in New York, these fires in Texas are the result of natural drought cycles and now investigators believe an arsonist exploiting the dry weather conditions.
Flash fires are a natural part of any ecosystem, especially in the chapparral regions of Southern California. Unfortunately, with urban development infringing upon natural regions of flora that have dependent fire cycles, the frequency and severeity of drought-based fires are increasing in the US. The incidence of exploitive arson in these situations is also on the rise.
Who are these arsonists? Officials in Leander are giving suspicion that we may be dealing with homegrown terrorists. Homegrown terrorism is a very real threat to you and your family. At any moment, a homegrown terrorist can steal into your home and ravage the innocence of all around you. A homegrown terrorist can be your neighbor or even your child and you will not know it until you feel the life fading from your body due to an unexpected terror attack. Such chilling thoughts frighten millions of Americans.
Some of the arsonists in Leander may have been as young as 15 and potentially responsible for the destruction of at least 60 homes.
Texas newsite The Statesman has organized a list of organizations where you can donate to help bring relief to the victims of this horrible tragedy:
American Red Cross of Central Texas
2218 Pershing Drive, Austin 78723
Austin Disaster Relief Network
P.O. Box 3817, Cedar Park 78630
Capital Area Food Bank
Accepting nonperishable food donations (canned meats, granola bars, peanut butter, bottled water) at 8201 S. Congress Ave., Austin, 78745
Catholic Charities of Central Texas
Accepting monetary donations as well as items such as blankets, pillows, toiletries and medical supplies from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 1817 E. Sixth St., Austin, and 7-10 a.m. and 4-7 p.m. at 6225 U.S. 290 East.
Central Texas Fire Relief Emergency Fund
The American-Statesman is partnering with Austin Telco Federal Credit Union to support the Austin Community Foundation’s Central Texas Fire Relief Emergency Fund. Donations will be given to various community organizations. Donations are tax deductible.
Donate by mail: 4315 Guadalupe Suite 300, Austin, TX 78751, or in person at Austin Telco branches
Collecting donations for American Red Cross at its stores’ checkout stands.
United Way Capital Area (UWCA)
Call 2-1-1 for information about evacuations, shelter locations, school and road closures and resources for evacuees. Collecting donations.
For information about corporate and in-kind donations, go to www.unitedway capitalarea.org/give/in_kind_donation_program.php or call 512-382-8611.