This is the view of the terrible wildfires sweeping Texas, as seen from the International Space Station.
Beginning a week ago, blustering wind whipped up by Tropical Storm Lee swept across parched, drought-stricken Texas, sparking more than 190 wildfires. The worst of the fires has consumed more than 34,000 acres 30 miles southeast of Austin.
The number of homes destroyed has risen to 1,554 and is expected to further increase as firefighters enter more areas where the blaze has been extinguished, officials said Sunday. Seventeen people remain unaccounted for.
It’s difficult for most folks to really understand the scope of the crisis. Texas has suffered from a significant lack of rain all summer; 81% of the state’s land is listed as “exceptional drought” on the U.S. Drought Monitor’s scale. That makes conditions perfect for a terrifying blaze.
The video taken by the International Space Station helps us to better understand the scope. You can clearly make out the smoke plumes where they rise above Texas. The size of these fires is just that much more mind-boggling when you consider how visible they are from space.
Mercy, God! Have mercy on the innocent suffering wildlife and the humans who were made in your image….