My (pregnant) wife and I live in Steiner Ranch where some of these fires were. We were evacuated for a few days. Luckily we live towards the back of the neighborhood and I never really thought our home was in danger. We evacuated before it was mandatory. For those of you who dont know, Steiner Ranch has over 4500 homes and there is only 2 ways in and out of the neighborhood so leaving took almost 2 hours.
I took this video early on.
(mute it becasue there is a lot of wind noise) You can't tell from the video and it does not do the fires justice. When we evacuated we had to exit the neighborhood towards the fires. We came up over the hill and it looked like a movie set. There was smoke filling the whole area.
My wife is an orthodontist and they have three offices around Austin including one in Bastrop. A lot of their patients and employees have lost their homes. If you are on Facebook, like her practices 2 Facebook pages. For every 'like' they get from now until October 31st, the practice is donating $5 to help the victims of these fires.
Here are direct links to the pages.
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