As crews battle Texas wildfires, residents wait to return home

 Tuesday, September 6, 2011


Shannon Lilie had five minutes to flee her home, but she was frozen. As a wildfire inched closer to her Austin, Texas, neighborhood, she could not decide what to take with her. Her 6-year-old son appeared, carrying a bag and crying. He had stuffed his favorite toy inside and needed her help in picking others. But they only had five minutes to evacuate. Dark smoke hung ominously outside. "I have played this in my mind many times. ’What would I take from my home if there was a fire,’" Lilie said. "Now it was really happening, and I did not know what to do."