One of the fires is about 20 minutes from were I live, in Spicewood, but not one of the big ones. We watching the one in Spicewood very closely. The wind is blowing south, that's a good thing for us, but you know how the wind direction can change direction anytime. Between where I live and Spicewood is rural country, not very populated - lots of ranch land and super dry.
Bastrop is the worst right now, about 75-100 miles from here. 14,000+ acres burned, 400 homes destroyed, fire is 16 miles long and six miles wide, 0% contained at this time, completely out of control. It has jumped the Colorado River twice.
Another one is burning in Lakeway, about 40 miles from here, somewhat contained but still burning - heavily populated area. Lake Travis is right next to it so the helicopters are able to get water from the lake and drop on the fire. Not sure how contained that one is.
The streams are all dried up so there is no water to fight the fires from the streams and some of the arms of the Colorado river are completely dry too.
I have put all of our valuables, personal items in one area that we can grab in case we have to leave in a hurry. Although the fires are several miles away from us, it is better to be prepared now.
Our vehicles are gassed up and ready to go.
We'll take the pets, boxes of photos, original documents, blankets, gloves, flashlights and drive the opposite direction of the fires.
If anyone lives in the Austin and surrounding areas, be prepared. When you get an order to evacuate, you will not have time to gather your most important items.
This is scary, to say the least.