We woke up to smoke from the tri-county Riley Road Fire this week. No outdoor cooking fires allowed in city parks as of today! Drought continues with no rain in the forecast for the next week.
I drove through smoke two times this week. At school, recess was cancelled one day due to poor air quality and smoke. Drought is a nasty business for gardeners. But it's much worse than that. Once forests get to a certain level, the dry conditions and wind can fan even the smallest fire into a roaring blaze. All of these fires are monitored by the Texas Forest Service. I have friends there, so I know how profoundly sad it must be for them to file these reports. I was shocked at the number of homes destroyed so far. If you want to read more, click on their first hand situation reports. The fine people at the Texas Forest Service are devoted to ending these fires and work tirelessly with local fire departments to do so.