Texas Fires Destroy Hundreds of Homes

"Firefighters battled raging wildfires across Central Texas for a second day Monday as wind-driven flames continued their relentless march through hundreds of homes and across thousands of acres."

"With most homeowners unable to survey their property, the scope of the disaster — perhaps the worst of its kind in the region's history — was not fully known by late Monday as officials struggled to provide a complete count of the number of lost structures.

Their efforts to reach a tally also were hindered as new fires continued to break out throughout the evening.

No one had been seriously injured.

But in hard-hit Bastrop County, about 30 miles southeast of Austin, authorities raised early estimates of the number of destroyed homes from 300 to nearly 500."

Tony Plohetski and Patrick George report for the Austin American-Statesman September 6, 2011.

SEE ALSO:

All Fire Coverage Portal (American-Statesman Front Page)

"Wildfire Destroys Nearly 500 Homes Near Texas Capital; at Least 5,000 People Evacuated" (AP)

 

Source: Austin American-Statesman, 09/06/2011