Large Wildfires are burning in several places just North of Houston right now. The worst one is up near Stoneham, which could very well be the largest fire in the history of Southeast Texas. But the one I am worried about is near Plantersville, where Charlie Fenn, a good longtime friend and band mate of mine in several bands over many years, lives. This afternoon at 4PM, the fire was about a block from his home, and he and his family were evacuated to Navasota. Tomorrow, he will know if he still has a home to come home to. Please say a prayer for him, and I will keep you all updated on the situation. Besides these 2 fires, there are several others burning too.
Triple digit temperatures and high winds are making the fires difficult to control at this time (The Plantersville fire is only 5% controlled, and the larger Stoneham fire is completely out of control), but within a day or 2 moisture from a tropical wave is going to make it here. I just hope it doesn't come too late for Charlie and many other people who live in the area. About 200 homes have been destroyed already, and there could be many more homes up in smoke before this one is over.
Also, police say that at least one of these fires was started by some asshole throwing a cigarette out of his car while driving on FM1774. I hope he is proud of himself, because what he did is a freakin' shame.
Crossing my fingers, and so are other area musicians. When this ends, we are going to put together a benefit for those affected by these fires. The musicians, club owners, bikers, farmers, and just about everybody else who lives in the area are wonderful people, and to me, it is a privilege to know them. When disaster strikes, everybody is a neighbor, and everybody, Democrats, Republicans, Libertarians, and everybody else, lives in Plantersville and Stoneham on days like this.
Please say a prayer for those affected. Thank you.