Somber anniversary: Wildfires destroyed homes 1 year ago

Published On: Sep 03 2012 05:53:59 PM CDT   Updated On: Sep 03 2012 06:01:16 PM CDT

It's been a year since wildfires destroyed dozens of homes in Waller, Montgomery and Grimes counties.

Dead tree trunks and branches poking out of new green growth are constant reminders of the devastating fires.

Nearly 19,000 acres over the three counties were scorched. Seventy-nine homes were destroyed and dozens were damaged.

Families had to evacuate for more than two weeks in some areas. They had no idea if they would have a home to go back to or not.

John Baker and his wife eventually got back into the Remington Forest subdivision in Waller County to find their home was consumed by flames. They had insurance on their home and garage but nothing else.

"Been married 53 years and every bit of it was in that house," Baker said. "They say you can replace all that, but you can't."

There are empty slabs where houses once were. Many people decided not to rebuild. Those who did go back said they understand why others did not.

"It was the scariest day of my life," Scarlett McFarland said. "I had never seen anything like it. I hope and pray that I never see it again."

Images: 3-County Wildfire

Published On: Sep 05 2011 04:10:30 PM CDT   Updated On: Sep 08 2011 02:32:58 PM CDT

A large fire burns in Montgomery County, Grimes County and Waller County for days.

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Images: 3-County Fire, Part 2

Published On: Sep 07 2011 05:51:42 PM CDT   Updated On: Sep 13 2011 10:36:51 AM CDT

Thousands of acres burn in a massive fire in Waller, Grimes and Montgomery counties.

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