(These are not my photos. I took them off of news websites.)
Jim and I drove to our hometown, La Grange, on Sunday. We were planning on going to the Fayette County Fair, but our plans quickly changed. As we drove through Bastrop (pictured above), we noticed huge smoke clouds. The sky was covered in smoke.
When we got to La Grange, we found out that wildfires were spreading in Fayette county too. One large fire was threatening the home of Jim's aunt and uncle's house. We drove over there to help unload their house. Several family members had already come over to pack up their belongings. As we made trip after trip carrying boxes to our vehicles, the fire continued to creep its way closer. They live on a farm, and as far as you looked into the distance, all you saw was burnt pastures and a lot of smoke. Finally, the fire department made their way out there (they were busy with other fires), and the fire was contained. Unfortunately, the fire had already claimed the old Citzler house. The house had been in the family for several generations. Jim's grandma's grandparents lived there. This is all that is left.
In Bastrop, 36,000 acres have burned, and 575 homes have been destroyed. In the Austin area, over 300 homes have burned. It is devastating. We need rain desperately, and lots of it! Please pray for rain in Texas.