Texas fires destroy over 1000 homes near Austin, Texas Blaze that has burned over 25,000 acres. Fire fighters work diligently to try and contain fire.
The State of Texas fires force evacuations as flames continue to sweep across the state threatening the State Capitol in Austin, Texas. With at least 2 deaths attributed to the Texas fires, fire fighters from many states are converging to prevent further property and lives from being destroyed.
“This is a very mean-looking fire,” Texas Gov. Rick Perry stated Tuesday. “It is serious and it’s widespread,” he said, as he expressed his thankfulness for the assistance of fire services from other states. Earlier, the Texas governor issued a statement in which he stated the wildfire in Texas “severe” and said that all state resources were being made available to protect lives and property. The recent news of the fires forced Perry to return home to Texas, preempting his visit to South Carolina, where he was campaigning for the Republican nomination for president.
Reminiscent of a post apocalyptic scene huge clouds of smoke bellowed into the sky and hung over downtown Bastrop, a town positioned along the Colorado River and home to over 6,000 people. Now its once beautiful landscape with rolling hills and lush vegetation is scarred by the raging wild fire.
The Texas Forest Service put out statement saying, “This is unprecedented fire behavior. No one on the face of this Earth has ever fought fires in these extreme conditions.” The texas fires have been intinsified by the high winds from the recent Tropical Storm Lee that hit the coast of Louisana this last week. Compounded by severe drought conditions in Texas, likes of which have not been seen since the 1950’s, the Texas fires insatiable hunger is being well fed by the parched conditions.
The Texas Forest Service responded to 22 new fires for 7,544 acres, including 10 new large fires. The Texas fires are the worst in recorded state history. A record 3.5 million acres have been affected by these fires. The area affected is equivelent to the State of Connecticut.
Satellite images taken on Monday displayed images of the Texas fires stretching over 25,000 acres, having jumped the Colorado River and a highway, the Texas Forest Service reported.
While most of the fire damage has been limited to homes and other structures, the wildfire reportedly killed a woman and her 18-month-old child on Sunday when flames engulfed their home near Gladewater, officials said.
So far in 2011, 7.2 million acres of dry grass, brush and forest have burned in wildfires across the nation. Of those, 3.5 million, almost half of the national average, have been in Texas according to federal and state agencies.
According to Reuters, an airtanker has been brought in from South Dakota, and the Texas Intrastate Fire Mutual Aid System has been activated, which will mean firefighters from city and county department around the state will be mobilized to fight the fires.
Randell Smith State Public Adjuster
Randell Smith, State Public Adjuster and resident of the State of Texas said, “I would like to extend my condolences to those affected by the Texas fires, we are in prayer for the families whose homes have been destroyed and for the businesses affected. We are here to help you pick up the pieces when it is all said and done.” Smith also commented, “In Texas, we help each other when the chips are down and the going gets tough. We thank the Lord for the opportunity to come along side our neighbors in their time of need.” Randell Smith, serves several states, including the State of Texas as a public adjuster. Randell noted that when incidents like these occur, insurance policy holders are often experience insult with injury as they are left with insurance claims underpaid or sometimes unattended. Randell encourages his fellow Texans to reach out to him so that he can help them get fair insurance claim settlements for fire and smoke damage that has resulted from the Texas fires.
To assist those who have suffered loss from the Texas fires Randell suggests that home owners contact their insurance companies for copies of their insurance policies. Since many residents have lost all of their paperwork in the fire, the insurance companies should be able to supply copies in electronic format or via mail. Contact Randell’s office at 713.522.9463 to schedule a consultation or fill out the contact form on the website. Randell will be able to walk you through your policy and advise you on what your best strategy is to recoup from your losses. Randell will also represent you in your fire damage and smoke damage claim by carefully inspecting your home or property to assess actual damages that your insurance companies adjuster may overlook. It is important to note that public adjusters represent the insured and not the insurance companies.
As for the cause of the Texas fires USA Today reports, “Police arrested a 60-year-old homeless man in connection with the Austin fire and said he faces a felony charge of arson. They said he left a campfire untended.” In the State of Texas only four counties do not currently have an established burn ban in effect.