Thanks to OPB’s John Bell for sharing this video from the Texas Department of Parks and Wildlife illustrating just how fast wildfire can consume acres of forest and grassland.
This video was taken on Monday on the north edge of Bastrop State Park east of Austin, Texas. All but about 100 acres of the 6,000-acre park have been consumed by fire.
In Oregon, the 130-acre Mother Lode fire is still burning 10 miles northwest of Detroit, and the 4,500-acre Dollar Lake Fire is burning in Mt. Hood National Forest not far from the city of Portland’s water supply. There are several other active wildfires in Central and Southern Oregon. Here’s a full list of updates.