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Posted 22 January 2018 - 04:25 PM

Walsh is being evacuated due to a grassfire.

 

And 30 and 20 are both shutdown outside of 820.



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Posted 22 January 2018 - 07:36 PM

I am actually amazed with the way the fire departments were able to relatively contain the fire fairly quickly.  The flags at Buffalo West were flying straight out.  The wind was basically out of the WNW.  It made sense to me to evacuate Walsh Ranch because the area is surrounded by prairie.



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Posted 22 January 2018 - 07:59 PM

I was able to see the smoke from Southlake and Bedford.



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Posted 22 January 2018 - 08:28 PM

I went to lunch down the street (east) on Camp Bowie and I could see the smoke as I was returning back to the office.  The radio news was talking about the fire to the west, and I said that had to be the smoke.  When I arrived back at the office, the actual view of the smoke was blocked by our buildings sign tower.  Straight out my window to the actual northwest, all I could see was clear sky.



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Posted 22 January 2018 - 09:32 PM

I saw the smoke when I got off work at 3:30 over in Lancaster. 


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Posted 22 January 2018 - 11:29 PM

I first saw the smoke from a parking garage at Baylor All Saints hospital where I had parked to go to a doctor's appointment.  At first the smoke looked like clouds, which seemed strange on a sunny and very dry day until I actually noticed that the "clouds" were smoke from the fire.

 

Moral of the story is that we need to be careful when it comes to building development on the wildland-urban interface, or creating such an interface through new development.  This fire could have been a lot worse had (more) structures burned, especially if it had been a subdivision like Walsh.  There is just a lot more that can burn in a subdivision than on an open prairie, provided that the fire can start burning structures.  That said, wooded areas offer more fuel available for burning in dry weather than does an open prairie, so we also need to be careful with planning developments where there are a lot of trees around as well.

 

 

I was able to see the smoke from Southlake and Bedford.

 

There was also a smaller fire up in Flower Mound and Argyle, north of Grapevine Lake.  I don't recall there being a large plume with that fire, but are you sure you weren't seeing a plume from that fire as well?


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Posted 23 January 2018 - 01:32 AM

I was seeing the smoke from the Walsh fire. It was on the horizon straight ahead as I traveled south on Grapevine Highway (southwest) at one point. The wind direction would have put the smoke from the Argyle fire behind me.

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Posted 23 January 2018 - 09:53 AM

I can smell the smoke all the way at my home in South Fort Worth.


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Posted 23 January 2018 - 11:45 AM

Last night, I smelled the smoke at my house as well.  I didn't smell it so much this morning when I let the dogs out and I left for work.



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Posted 23 January 2018 - 11:59 AM

It must have drifted; I could smell it more this morning than last night.


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Posted 01 February 2018 - 10:13 PM

Since Ft Worth doesn't allow "suburban towns" I think this goes well in this thread.27355586_1840332482674829_36531205209839

 

Forgot the "Joe's Pizza & Pasta" though.


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