Thanks to the heroic efforts of local firefighters, the abode of The KareBear and The Admiral still stands tall.
If you're catching up, their area of Austin, Steiner Ranch, was one of several areas experiencing wildfire thanks to drought conditions (and, it turns out, some power lines shooting sparks). I'm not clear on how close the fire came, but it was still a bit away, so its not as if it burned right up to their property line and then respectfully stopped, not wanting to give The Admiral a bad day.
The folks have been out to the house, checked it for problems, and have headed back to Houston until next weekend.
I appreciate everyone's concern, and I know my folks appreciate it, too.
Unfortunately, there's no rain in our forecast, and we do have dry and breezy conditions forecast for the next week. That ain't good. All of Texas needs about a week of solid rain, as wildfires are breaking out across the entire state. We're going from an agricultural problem to a potential catastrophe of state-wide proportions.
Here's to our emergency responders, who are working around the clock to save the day.