Where are the Texas Wildfires burning? Near the big cities?
In Texas you don't really get news about California. I'm a native Texan that now lives in California. The wildfires we get in California every year are worse than what Texas deals with. They, thankfully, don't have fires every year nor do they have pyromaniacs that set the fires like we do in California. We have sent fire jumpers to help fight the Texas fires.
The fires are scattered about the state. Amarillo is the largest town that has been hit by the fires. Dallas, Houston, San Antonio and Austin aren't in danger. El Paso is in a very dry part of the state. My parents live in one of the counties that has a wildfire going through it.
The website below lists the fires and how many acres have been burned.
Texas wildfires have been burning for months - and only today Obama makes the call to Perry - why now ?
Obama didn't ignore Perry's request for disaster aid last year, he said no.
When Obama landed in Austin for a fundraiser he did ignore Perry. Perry was on the tarmac and wanted only to hand deliver a letter. Perry wasn't allowed to approach the anointed one.
Now Obama sees Perry as the real threat that he will be in November 2012 and is trying to play politics. (Could it be that this says something about how the administration sees Perry in relation to the rest of the field.)
The campaigner-in-chief, like Sheila Jackson-Lee, is only going to do what will enhance the image.
Will the Texas Wildfires force seniors & ill people out of the area?
If the Seniors and people with respiratory problems have to evacuate their homes they probably will stay with relatives, friends or the Red Cross might put them up in shelters. Texas is big enough for people to move out of harms way.
Quite possibly when people driving down the road carelessly toss their cigarettes out the window. Also, people ignore burn bans and light brush fires to clear their land or lit fireworks on new year's eve without considering the danger.