How To Help Texas Wildfire Victims

I wanted to follow-up to my Monday post on the Texas wildfires to focus on the many organizations and individuals on the front lines helping those in need.

A reminder of the Texas numbers from Governor Perry’s office in The Statesman:

  • 4: Deaths in the past week. RIP and prayers for the families and friends of those lost.
  • 118,400: Acres burned in the past seven days.
  • 181: fires in the past seven days.
  • 20,900: Fires that have destroyed more than 1,000 homes since the fire season began in December 2010.
  • 3.6 MILLION: Number of acres burned since December 2010.
  • 700*: Approximate number of homes burned by wildfires in the past seven days, about the same as the previous nine months. *Over 1,300 since 0700 hours 9/8
  • 121: Number of mutual-aid system firefighters from across the state who are currently fighting the Central Texas fires, using 72 fire engines and 18 command vehicles.
  • 40: Texas Forest Service aircraft deployed statewide, including 15 single-engine air tankers, 12 helicopters and 13 aerial supervision aircraft assets deployed to multiple fires.
  • 8: Texas Military Forces resource groups deployed so far.
  • 2: CH-47 Chinook helicopters
  • 3: UH-60 Blackhawk helicopters assisting with fires in Bastrop County
  • 1: UH-60 Blackhawk staged in Austin to fight central Texas fires
  • 2: UH-60 Blackhawks assisting with the fires in Colorado County
  • 3: Ground wildfire support packages consisting of 4 dozers and 16 personnel each.

To help visualize the size of the Bastrop fire, here’s a map that shows the area.

Wildfire updates: City of Austin Homeland Security and Emergency Management.

TRACK Texas wildfires, their locations, movement, containment and more via:

Texas Department of Transportation provides Road Closures map so plan accordingly.

The website for the Texas Forest Service has current updates.  Check them out.

Tea Party boots on the ground CALL TO ACTION with Citizen Patriot Response.

Facebook Pages:

Donate directly to the American Red Cross Central Texas 
and get updates too.

You can donate when you’re grocery shopping at HEB.  Find the store nearest to you HERE.

Can you provide supplies and relief to families? Please email/call:

  • Celebration Church Texas – please email:
  • Faith Family Services in Hutto is picking up clothing and food donations for delivery to area pantries and organizations in direct contact with victims. They are also coordinating emergency housing with area homes. For more information, email: or call 210-334-1708.
  • Operation Supply Drop is delivering vital supplies. Please consider helping them out. 

Your support is critical and urgent!

Help Texas and the Wildland Firefighters by making a tax deductible donation to Texas Wildfire Relief Fund today!

A big Texas thanks to U-Haul! They are offering 30 DAYS FREE STORAGE for those affected by fires.   Please support them with business!

Need to listen for emergency notifications?  Yes, there’s an app for that: Scanner Radio.

And much more info on how to help can be found on KXAN’s website at the jump here!

Some wildfire photos from across Texas this week:

Photo Courtesy of CNN Wire 
Photo Courtesy of MSNBC
Photo Courtesy of US Daily News Blog
Photo Courtesy of MSNBC
Photo Courtesy of the Atlantic
Photo Courtesy of Dan Nelson

A few more pics I took from my iPhone Sunday to show how close the Montgomery and Grimes County wildfire are to me in Cypress, a suburb NW of Houston.   Yes, the wildfires are everywhere.

Photo by Michelle Lancaster
Photo by Michelle Lancaster
Photo by Michelle Lancaster

And this also on Sunday at dusk from my daughter Jessica on her way via I10 West back to college at Texas State. We later found out she was a mere 5 miles from a fire moving near the freeway. Too close.

Photo by Jessica Lancaster

If these pictures don’t quite capture the magnitude of these Texas wildfires, this picture of the Austin skyline taken on Sunday afternoon will.

Photo Courtesy of
A frightening video of a wildfire up close and personal from the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department:

So if you can, please help where you can, whether its monetarily or by giving your time. And please share these links, email addresses and telephone numbers with those you know to spread the good word. Thank you and God Bless!

Twitter users please follow news on these wildfires by using hashtags:
#txfire #txwildfire #centraltxfires.

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