Texas Wildfire Toll: 1,386 Homes, 2 Lives

Bastrop fire just 30% contained
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 8, 2011 11:00 AM CDT
An area destroyed by wildfire surrounds a water tower, Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2011, in Bastrop, Texas.   (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
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(Newser) – Texas’ Bastrop Wildfire has already been named the state’s worst ever, and it continues to rage: Now 1,386 homes have been destroyed, and the fire is just 30% contained. Two people have died, one of them a city of Austin employee found inside his home. The fire has burned about 38,000 acres and has affected a 25 mile by 20 mile area, MyFox Austin reports.

Black Hawk and Chinook helicopters, as well as 366 firefighters, have been battling the blaze. Officials hope to contain more of the fire before winds worsen tomorrow, but they have warned containment could still be days away. More than 5,000 residents have been displaced, school has been canceled, roads have been closed, and 4,300 are without power. Meanwhile, another wildfire broke out this week and consumed 27 homes, but has been 100% contained.

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