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Barney Eaton

Jerry Courson fire

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I just received the bad news that Jerry Courson (BCA Board member) house, workshop, and cars were destroyed by a large wildfire in Bastrop Co Texas. Not sure what amount of coverage the fire is getting around the country, but needless to say it is covered here. At noon, the local news indicated the fire was 16 miles long, over 400 homes have been destroyed and it is not under control.

We are having gust to 40 mph and that is supposed to last until sundown.

There are other fires in the area but the Bastrop fire is the major one at this time.

Below is the message I from Eddie Masters (Alamo Chapter member)

I HAVE JUST TALKED TO JIM GEORGE AND JERRY COURSEN. THE FIRE THAT HAS RAGED IN THE BASTROP AREA CONSUMED JERRY'S HOME AND BUILDINGS. JERRY WAS NOT HOME AT THE TIME AND WAS NOT ABLE TO GET THERE WHEN HE LEFT THE DEER LEASE AND HEARD ABOUT THE FIRE. HE AND TRACY ARE GOING TO TRY TO GET THERE LATER TODAY OR TONIGHT. APPARENTLY THE FIRE IS STILL RAGING COMPLETELY OUT OF CONTROL. HE HAD TWO OF HIS CARS IN BODY SHOPS AND ARE THE ONLY ONES LEFT. HE HAD JUST PURCHASED A NEW PICKUP BUT WAS WITH HIS DEER LEASE FRIEND IN HIS PICKUP, SO JERRY FEELS HIS NEW PICKUP IS GONE ALSO. PLEASE KEEP JERRY AND TRACY IN YOUR PRAYERS. WILL TRY TO KEEP YOU UPDATED WHEN JERRY IS FINALLY ABLE TO GET TO HIS HOME. EDDIE

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Sorry to hear of his losses! It was mentioned on Dallas TV earlier today, with a YouTUBE video.

Thanks for the advisory.

NTX5467

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Oh no! Jerry had that beautiful '28 2-dr. all restored, and that spectacular unrestored '49 Super sedan with low, low mileage. What a shame!

Pete Phillips

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I just got off the phone (6PM) with Jerry and he told me his home and car building are in the area affected by the fire, BUT a neighbor’s son checked around noon and as of then Jerry house and building were not damaged, but the fire has intensified since then. Jerry’s says no one really knows what is going on and he cannot get anywhere near, so they just have to wait and see. He said it is quite bad and looks like Armageddon. So keep him in his thoughts.

Jerry, will update me when he knows more.

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We had some friends over last night who had a mandatory evacuation in their subdivision near Lake Travis. I heard about Jerry in Bastrop earlier today, and I saw that the ranch where I used to work was less than two miles from a third wildfire. They are all separate fires twenty miles from each other.

It's a mess.

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Jerry, if you are on-line, please know we are grateful neither you, nor your family has been hurt, and for all in Texas, we send thoughts and prayers your way. We hope everyone is safe and able to avoid major losses. The weather in this Country sure seems freaky the last two years.

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The weather has been crazy all over it seems. Floods here in the North East, Wild fires in Texas, Tornados in between. Hope all stay safe where ever you are. Dandy Dave!

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OK Buick People: This is the 20 year (Oct 1991) anniversary of the Oakland firestorm. Many people lost their lives, over 3000 beautiful homes were burned to the ground as well as thousands more damaged. There were burnt cars with insurance company markings in spray paint on the streets everywhere waiting to be picked up and of course an enormous amount of collector cars were destroyed. It was a dark scary day, one which I as well as countless others will never forget.

As a result of this devastation I have made it a point to keep all the grass well trimmed and have a fire break around the perimeter of my house......and even then I don't know how much I have done because if a firestorm comes it could be way bigger than me or all my efforts. The cars are replaceable where people are not. I hope this guy dodges that bullet. Mitch

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At our monthly retiree breakfast, someone ask, " if there was a knock on the door and you were told you had 10 minutes to evacuate, what would you take?"

It is a good question to think about and maybe even do some advanced planning.

It could be fire, flood, or maybe a severe storm.

One person said, pull the cables on the computer and take it with you. Since many of us have photos, financial information, contact information, etc on our computer that may be one of the items that could be insturemantal in getting things back to normal should you have a loss.

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Good idea Barney. That plus a few more items makes a lot of sense. I know the damage has multiplied, but any word from Jerry yet as to his situation?

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The local TV carries extra coverage and the available details are poor. Until the wind stopped on Monday night, there was almost nothing. Of course they evacuated everyone in the path and now looking like a blast site, officials can locate a street or road but the number identification on the house is almost always lost.

In one development, a policeman that is there for security is sending house addresses to his wife of houses that are ok (the house or mail box has the address) so by a process of elimination, they are getting some information out.

If Jerry's house survived it will be outstanding, but it is in the middle of the mess.

There are some map sites that have satilite pictures. If you want to try, his house if off Texas HWY 71 (that runs from Austin SW to I-10 {roughly exit 695}) South of Bastrop, there is a community of Alum Creek, that is as close as I can get you

If I could find a map that would give coordinates, I could post those.

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To all Texans, please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you. We pray that the winds sill subside, there will be rain and relief will come soon. I use to travel through some of these areas of Texas in my emu and goat trading days. There's a lot of livestock in these areas that must also be in the paths of these fires.

and btw, my family and I spent about an hour in our basement Sunday during a tornado warning. I had grabbed the computer, a few choice pictures and put in a garbage bag and brought down with us. Got laughed at for also bringing bed pillows to wrap our heads in but I didn't care. Hell I was sceeared.

Edited by MrEarl (see edit history)

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OK Buick People: I have taken a special interest in this thread because I personally witnessed the devastation of the 1991 Oakland firestorm and those memories serve me as a reminder of how powerful this whole thing was. A Mr. John Chapman lost 175 cars in the firestorm. Yes, that hurts. His response seemed to be, "oh well".

Several things here.......

He's alive and physically uninjured

When a firestorm hits you just leave now. Forget about your loved one's pictures. Despite what the media portrays or people come up with in these threads we are ABSOLUTELY POWERLESS against these forces of nature. I personally know of several people who lost their lives because of just such a thing.

Take the trouble to make a fire break around your property and ask your neighbors to participate. It's something a resident of this terrain needs to deal with and to make matters worse it needs to be dealt with all year round. It's no different than earthquake hurricane or tornado safety measures, so...................

Perhaps we need to discuss how (if at all possible) can we keep our lives and our property safe. Mitch

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Latest good news from Jerry

I just called On Star. I had them blow my truck horn and flash the lights for 30 seconds. The truck was able to perform these functions. This is not to say the truck is not damaged, but it is not distroyed.

This would be his 2011 GM truck (don't remember if it is a Chevy or GMC) he also does not say where it was parked but his workshop is metal and if the truck was not inside, he has a roof extension on one end over a pad with room of two vehicles.

Maybe in the next week we will see some pictures. This fire is only 30% contained per the new this am. There was an arial picture of the area of Jerry's house and the amazing thing is the highway just south of Jerry's place is 4 lanes with a center divider and the fire had no problem getting over that highway. It even jumped the Colorado (Texas) river.

Today they are starting air drops of fire retardant chemicals from a special equipped DC-10

It has been at the airport for two days but the pilots and support equipment did not arrive until late yesterday.

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Latest news I heard was 1,400 homes destroyed and 36,000 acres burned. It is the largest recorded wild fire in Texas history and still going. We can smell it and see a smoke haze 200 miles away.

To hyjack the subject, how about all the flooding in the Pennsylvania area? I know there are a few people on this forum from that area. Everything ok with you?

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Roy,

Yiou can check the AACA General Forum, or that specifically for Hershey. They have quite severe flooding but but I have not heard about any specific Buick people or cars damaged.

John

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Sharon and I would like to say, that if we were in our new home in Bulverde that has about an acre and a half we would gladly open it up to any BCA member or for that fact any family in the fire zone to bring their Buicks, tents, motorhomes to stay. But unfortunally we do not close until the middle of October. Hopefully the rains will kick in before then, if not it will still be open.

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The weather folks are saying that this will be a multi year drought and that we may not see rain this winter. If that be the case, its going to be miserable around here.

Our county has banned all outdoor cooking including charcoal and gas grills. You cant weld because of the sparks and forget about burning brush.

There are 26 seperate fires including the one by Austin and a big one by Houston.

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Heard from Jerry late last night and his house and shop survived. Along with his 10 old cars. Everything else around him was burned, all his neighbors but his house was not touched.

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