In the latest failure of Federal Government Agencies, we see that FEMA has now taken over the disastrous wildfires in and around Bastrop county. Oh goody, the Feds are here, we’re safe! Wrong. They have actually turned away firefighters from across the state who have driven to Bastrop (often many long hours in this Big State) to help fight the wild fires because there has not been an “official request” for volunteers. Isn’t it just like the Federal Government to get in your way! Over 1,000 houses have been burned to the ground, and the Federal Badges come out, telling everyone that they’re in charge. Meanwhile, the lives of everyone in the area are being significantly impacted while they twiddle their thumbs.
As fires raged across central Texas for the past three days, local citizens sprang into action to protect their lives and property. Local churches opened their doors and began hosting refugees left homeless by the fires which have now destroyed more than 1,000 homes and 100,000 acres across the state in just the past week. Several branches of the YMCA also began hosting families with children, and a public school in Bastrop County opened its doors to serve as an emergency relief center.
See a YouTube video of a citizen’s narrow escape around Highway 21 near Bastrop, Texas:
Federal agencies seize control on Tuesday
Hundreds of firefighters from all the surrounding counties worked two days and nights in a heroic effort to contain the fires, but high winds Sunday night and all day Monday thwarted their efforts. So the call went out for more volunteer firefighters to join the effort from across the state.
Before they arrived, however, the federal government showed up and claimed it was in charge of the situation. “Agents with the federal National Interagency Fire Center, a coalition of federal agencies including the U.S. Forest Service, assumed command of firefighting efforts Tuesday afternoon,” reports The Gonzales Cannon (http://www.gonzalescannon.com/node/6411).
RealNewsReporter.com is now reporting that volunteer firefighters who had in some cases driven all night to reach Bastrop county were turned away by the feds, who claimed that since local officials never made a “formal request” for volunteers, the volunteers could not be “activated.”
So while Bastrop County burns from 40+ fires that are still raging, the federal government is actuallytelling volunteer firefighters to go home.
“We were at the station getting set up into strike teams, and this guy came up and said that the U.S. Forest Service had ‘assumed control of the situation, and that If you don’t have a vehicle that squirts water, go home,’ said Gordon Greer of Kirbyville, in a RealNewsReporter article (http://www.realnewsreporter.com/?p=7889). Gordon reportedly drove all night Monday to arrive in Bastrop and take part in the firefighting effort. “You’ve got guys who had driven all night long from Corpus Christi and Brownsville on their own dime, and they turned them away,” he said.
That same story reports that Jennifer Jones of theU.S. National Interagency Incident Centerconfirmed multiple federal agencies would be taking over the scene. Tuesday afternoon, the Bastrop County Office of Emergency Management stated on its Facebook page that volunteer firefighters would have to be “activated by the National Forestry Service first.”
In other words, if you’re a local Texan and you want to help other Texans save their ranches, or their homes, or their businesses,you need permission from the federal bureaucracy first!
But some Texans aren’t allowing their efforts to be thwarted. As Real News Reporter says in its story, a group ofTexas Nationalist Movement memberswho are also certified firefighters are in the Bastrop area and aiding civilian relief efforts, with or without permission from Washington D.C.
Texas volunteer firefighters buy their own gear!
Many of the volunteers currently fighting the wildfires in Texas buy their own gear! Please consider supporting them through theTexas Wildfire Relief Fund:
“Over 77 percent of fire departments in Texas are volunteer departments who struggle daily on getting the equipment they need to respond to emergencies across the state,” said Chief Chris Barron, Director of the State Firemen’s and Fire Marshals’ Association of Texas (SFFMA). “Eighty-six percent of the state’s volunteer firefighters use personal funds for their departments’ safety equipment and supply needs.” (http://www.globenewswire.com/newsro…)