KUT Morning Newspod April 15, 2011
Red Flag Warning as Texas Wildfires Continue Burning
The Austin Fire Department says it was flooded with 911 calls from people smelling smoke outside Friday morning. AFD says 30 mile per hour winds are bringing the smell of smoke from the wildfires out in West Texas. AFD says you should only call 911 if you see smoke or flames. Central Texas is under a red flag warning Friday. Dry and windy conditions coupled with low humidity would make any outdoor fires spread quickly.
Firefighters are continuing to battle blazes across the state, including the Rockhouse Fire. That fire started on Saturday near Marfa and spread to Fort Davis. It’s burned over 160,000 acres. Texas Public Radio’s David Martin Davies has more on the efforts to contain the Rockhouse fire on today’s podcast.
Butterflies Used to Heal, Teach Central Texas Children
This weekend, thousands of butterflies will take to the skies over Wimberley, Texas. Many of them were raised by Central Texas children. On today’s podcast, KUT’s Erika Aguilar tells us more about this hands-on educational program.
Gas Prices Up a Dime
AAA Texas reports gas prices across the state increased an average of 10 cents over the last week. A gallon of regular unleaded is averaging $3.75 in Texas. Austin drivers are paying $3.69. The cheapest gas in Texas right now is in San Antonio at $3.67.