Fires were raging all around us yesterday. Low humidity plus crazy strong winds made things perfect for these fires. There were several around Bryson, north of Jacksboro, west of Windthorst & others all around. Lake Arrowhead, Bellevue, and parts of Jack County were evacuated. Sandi called when she got off work & said there was smoke in Fort Worth. I don't know if it was from Jack County or all the other fires around.
This was smoke from the fires near Bryson which is 15 miles away from where this picture was taken. I heard there were several homes destroyed over there.
I left work and found out I couldn't go home the way I normally do. TXDOT had Highway 148 closed and told me the highway to Bowie was closed and also the one to Windthorst. I had talked to Behm & was pretty sure there weren't any between Jacksboro & Windthorst and Mama & Daddy were at Windthorst & couldn't see any smoke that way, so I headed toward Windthorst. They went to see if the highway was open & made it to Windthorst. There were 2 road blocks. The first one said I couldn't get through to the highway I needed and should go back to Jacksboro. The second one said I could make it & I met Mama & Daddy at Windthorst. They went back to Jacksboro & I headed east to home. It was clear all the way.
This warning sign was outside of Windthorst & you can see how smoky it was there.
Behm & I went to check on a well after I got home & this was the fire west of Scotland, about 20 miles away.
I talked to several people from Jacksboro later & there were several homes destroyed in Jack County & the fires were still raging last night. One lady I work with said two fires missed them, but they were packed & waiting to see if the third one was going to get them. I haven't heard anything this morning, but I'm hoping today will be a much better day for everyone.