THE BIG PICTURE: Texas drought and wildfires
- Wildfires have blazed across Texas for several days, but the drought conditions that fed the flames have been building for many months. Since last November, almost 1,500 homes have burned in nearly 21,000 fires across the state. Two deaths so far have been attributed to the fires, which have forced the evacuations of thousands of residents.(45 photos total)
If anybody is looking for a way to help fellow Austinites out during this crazy period, here’s something that’s happening tomorrow morning at 10am. Taken from the FB of Matt Bearden [Comedian/Co-Host of the Dudley & Bob Show]:
For those of you in Austin:
As BummerFires™2011 continues to eff up our fair city, it’s really up to those of us who are sitting pretty to help those in need. The Dudley & Bob show staff will be collecting needed goods and supplies just after air tomorrow [9/6/2011]. Dale Dudley has secured a truck; now we just need to load it. ITEMS STILL NEEDED:
Non perishable snack - ( wrapped items especially protein bars and nuts)
Heavy duty trash bags
Flashlights with batteries
If you can help, please, please, please do.
Map at http://g.co/maps/yxqh
Other avenues to consider:
To donate food and clothing to the Red Cross effort directly, call 512/928-4271, 800/928-4271. Follow #centraltxfires on Twitter for updates about new fires or places to donate/volunteer.
Help if you can…
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