Fleeing Quickly, Coming Back Slowly
By KUT staff
It’s been nearly a year since wildfires tore through Central Texas, burning more than 1,600 homes, killing two people and uprooting countless lives.
Over the course of the last year, KUT News has been collecting stories from the people who lived through the fires. There have been tales of heartbreak, loss, heroism, and affirmation. And many that describe the sheer terror of being confronted with such a fast-moving “monster.”
Today, Jeannie Jessup of Bastrop talks about her family’s escape from the fire and the long road back.
It was an exceptionally windy day. I’m from Kansas. I know wind. It was windy, and we knew if something did get started, it would probably be all over. We were hoping we weren’t right.