Bastrop County fire scene: Complete desolation
- Bastrop County fire scene: "Complete desolation"
By Marty Toohey | Sunday, March 1, 2009, 01:26 PM
We caught up with Round Rock Police Department spokesman Eric Poteet
Sunday as he and other officers were coming back from helping
firefighters battle the conflagration raging in Bastrop County.
Bastrop County Judge Ronnie McDonald estimates the fire has grown to
about 1,000 acres, although officials say it's about 50 percent
contained. Poteet, speaking at the emergency-response center set up
just east of the City of Bastrop, described a fire that had gutted
the area between Bastrop and Smithville, taking out houses and
trailer homes and other living spaces. Here are extended excerpts of
our conversation with him:
"After the fire had burned down" in areas Poteet saw, "it was a
matter of going house by house and trailer by trailer looking for
bodies and evacuating everyone we could evauate." (There are no
deaths reported, and many of the people had left per a mandatory
"As soon as you go half a mile east of Highway 71" from the fire-
response center, "there are a number of feeder roads that go off
into the woods, off into nowhere. There are roads and private
driveways all through the woods. Trailer parks, trailer homes,
travel trailers, school buses people live in, but it's all deep in
"A lot of the houses were completely destroyed. Some were consumed
to the point where you wouldn't even know it was a house."
"The nature of the flora, these dry pine trees, (means there is) a
lot of dry underbrush, just an incredible amount of fuel for this
fire to consume. And it did. It's complete desolation."
- Tara & Gus,
Oh my Lord... I sure hope the folks we know down in that area are doing OK.
Please let us know.... Wicken....Queen Bonnie, Blaze... and other folks who
live in the area.
Arie and I send you our energies.
- Wow, about a month ago we almost moved out to right where they are talking about. That's just scary.
Just...wow. I hope most of them got out.
From: lilith690 <lilith690@...>
Sent: Mon, 2 Mar 2009 4:20 pm
Subject: RE: [Renfolks] Bastrop County fire scene: "Complete desolation"
Tara & Gus, Oh my Lord... I sure hope the folks we know down in that area are doing OK. Please let us know.... Wicken....Queen Bonnie, Blaze... and other folks who live in the area. Arie and I send you our energies. Lilith ------------------------------------ Yahoo! Groups Links <*> To visit your group on the web, go to: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Renfolks/ <*> Your email settings: Individual Email | Traditional <*> To change settings online go to: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Renfolks/join (Yahoo! ID required) <*> To change settings via email: mailto:Renfolksfirstname.lastname@example.org mailto:Renfolksemail@example.com <*> To unsubscribe from this group, send an email to: Renfolksfirstname.lastname@example.org <*> Your use of Yahoo! Groups is subject to: http://docs.yahoo.com/info/terms/