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I just got word the training director of our club that one of the two places that we train at, along with dogs being housed there, may have been lost to the wildfires that are rampaging across this area of Texas. Nothing concrete yet of how many, if any, dogs were lost. The story I'm getting is a friend who was trying to help get the dogs to safety was escorted off the property before he could get to the dogs, all of which were GSDs.

This is not my trainer's place, which is a short distance away. But his house, kennels, and training fields are still in danger. My trainer has evacuated his family and all but a couple dogs, he is ready to load them up and get out in a seconds' notice if he gets evacuation orders.

In the Montogmery, Grimes, and Waller counties: more than 50 homes lost so far, thousands of acres of forest, and hundreds of animals that are now separated from their owners because how unpredictable the fires are. I keep getting facebook updates on people putting out "Lost Horses" alerts because they could not get their pets out in time and had to release them. They paint their phone numbers on the horses before they let them go in hopes that they will be found and returned. No human lives lost according to the most recent reports.

I live 10-15 miles away from the fire lines, as they are right now. So I'm not in any danger, yet. We could sure use any and all prayers down here!!!!!......it's getting pretty bad.
 

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Heartbreaking for everyone....so many lives lost, dogs, cattle, horses, wildlife....horrifying....

I hope the dogs are found to have been taken out ok....

Lee
 

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UPDATE:

No dogs lost!!!!! And the kennels didn't burn either, yet. Many of the homes on that same street were lost, but animal control was able to get all the dogs out and they are now safe. :happyboogie:

Most of that area is still under mandatory evacuation, and if the winds shift again there is no telling what will happen to the buildings. But at least the dogs are out!!!!
 

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Montgomery county is part of this!!!! How close to Conroe?
Yes, the main fire is in the tri-county area (Waller, Montgomery, Grimes). How far is it from downtown Conroe? Well, the main fire is probably about 25-30 miles away.
I have a Conroe address and it's only maybe 15 miles from me now.

But with how dry everything is, fire could pop up anywhere. Last night we had a grass fire right on the interstate maybe 3 miles from Conroe that got out of control (even with fire departments on scene). It burned an abandoned house and was moving towards a neighborhood, they diverted the DC-10 jet that was being used in Magnolia all day to that fire and it dropped 3 loads of flame retardant, so it's taken care of for right now.



This HUGE plane came in for its first drop at only 300ft off the ground. My sister's boyfried was on the freeway at the time and got his phone out to call 911 because he thought it was going to crash it was so low. Crazy!!
 

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It's been a good day so far today, no more homes destroyed. And it's now the #3 priority fire in the nation so we're getting a lot more support coming our way. We get varied reports on how containment is going. Some reports say certain parts of the fire are 70% contained, others say not more than 40% containment. So definately not out of the woods yet. We need rain, badly.
 

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We were ready to evacuate our house 2 mights ago because there was a new fire less than 3 miles away- luckily it's now 80% contained so we can stay. Today is hot and windy and it's supposed to be 100+ the next few days which is the worst forecast possible. Our neighbor put a lawn sprinkler on his roof and I think we may do the same, that way if we have to evacuate we can turn the sprinkler on while we're gone. The worst part is that the police are looking for an arson suspect in several of the East Texas fires. Several houses lost but now lives- yet
 

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Thank goodness their (the dogs) are safe. My prayers are w/ you down there in Texas. I pray you stay safe and somehow the Lord sends rain.
 

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The worst part is that the police are looking for an arson suspect in several of the East Texas fires. Several houses lost but now lives- yet
In the last couple days, we have had people try to set fire to the Walmart, HEB, and a couple other places. :mad: WTH?! Did the huge smoke clouds and screaming fire trucks in the sky give you a sudden idea?!
Yeah, I have words for those people that aren't alowd on this board. I cannot imagine losing my house to find out it was because of some idiot out for a thrill.

There are rumors that the tri-county fire was related to arson, but that's just rumor so far.
 

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Witnesses have seen the same guy at several fires that were set with sock tied together, soaked in gas and ignited. A black guy driving a silver convertible. Our situation is complicated by all the oil pumping stations and in our case, a natural pipe line going across the edge of our property. Hopefully this guy will lay low now that he knows he's been spotted. What is wrong with these idiots?
 
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