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Sunday, September 04, 2011

Bastrop Texas Fires - News - Information - Updated - 10.3.2011

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 Stories updated 10.3.2011
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Class Blames Utility for Texas Wildfire
Courthouse News Service
Thirty-four thousand acres burned, including more than 1600 homes and outbuildings, in the Bastrop Fire alone, the class says, citing a Sept. 22 report from the Texas Forest Service. The Bastrop Fire was one of thousands (sic) that torched nearly 3.8 ...
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Pets lost in fire going up for adoption
Austin News
BASTROP, Texas (KXAN) - Ninety pets rescued in the Bastrop fire remain unclaimed. Sixty pets are at the Bastrop Animal Shelter and another 30 are at the Austin Humane Society. If the owners of the pets being housed at the Bastrop Animal Shelter do not ...
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Bastrop County man finds father's ring amid ruins of home consumed in wildfires
Austin American-Statesman
They have spent the weeks since the fire sifting through the ashes, and they found a Texas A&M replica ring they gave to Ray Blackwell's father after the original wore smooth. 'It was the first thing we looked for. It took two hours knowing where to ...
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Austin American-Statesman
This is not my beautiful house
UT The Daily Texan
Nicholas, Tony, Alicia and Mackenzie Gust moved into a rental house in Smithsville, Texas, after losing their home in Bastrop to the wildfires. The Gust family credits their insurance, realtors, local organizations and community response for helping ...
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UT The Daily Texan
Dangerous wildfire conditions expected through fall season
Belton Journal
It was Labor Day weekend that the devastating Bastrop Fire ignited, ultimately charring more than 34000 acres and destroying more than 1500 homes as the blaze roared through vast fields of pine trees. Spencer said this fall could be the most active in ...
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Bastrop fire cleanup begins
KFDA
By Kristen Guilfoos - email Amarillo, Texas - It's hard to believe it's already been a month since those massive wildfires started in Bastrop County. While the fire may now be over, the cleanup is just beginning. 1600 were affected so the amount of ...
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Some businesses benefiting after wildfires, while others struggle to rebuild
Austin American-Statesman
Sierra Body and Paint, 106 Harmon Road at Texas 71 East in Bastrop County, had fire damage but remains open. Other businesses were destroyed and are struggling to try to rebuild. As part of a technology change, commenting will not be available on some ...
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Austin American-Statesman
The Public Adjusters Mobilize Public Claims Adjusters Throughout Bastrop ...
PR.com (press release)
To help the residents of Bastrop, TX and surrounding counties with the fire insurance claims, the firm's Texas independent public adjuster are offering free claim help, advice and consultations to people with fire damage. ...
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Drought made September one of state's most unbearable in history
Lufkin Daily News
These drought conditions have led to a string of dangerous wildfires across the state and the enforcement of burn bans in 250 out of the 254 counties in Texas. The worst of these wildfires is the blaze that began Labor Day weekend in Bastrop County and ...
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Volunteers needed for Bastrop fire debris removal
KVUE
by ANDREW CHUNG / KVUE NEWS BASTROP, Texas -- It's an all-too familiar scene in Bastrop - a home destroyed by the Labor Day wildfires. Volunteers are helping to remove all types of debris from concrete slabs to brick walls to air conditioners, ...
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Texas Wildfires Still Raging: 5000 Acres NE of Abilene
Suite101.com
The Bastrop County Complex Fire is the most destructive fire in Texas State history. According to Texas Forest Service resource analyst Chris Edgar, the Texas timber industry has suffered tremendous losses due to the 2011 wildfires. ...
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Suite101.com
Debris Management Program announced for Bastrop fire victims
KVUE
by JORDAN ARMSTRONG / KVUE.com BASTROP, Texas -- County officials have unveiled their County Debris Management Program for the Bastrop County Fire Complex and Union Chapel fire. Residents affected by the fires are encouraged to place their debris on ...
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Austin market defies US economic drought
Inman.com
Forestry losses amounted to the tens of millions of dollars, and the fires took out more than 2600 Texas homes -- about 1500 of them in the so-called Bastrop fire, near Austin, which burned through 33000 acres in early September. ...
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Donations flood in for fire victims
Austin American-Statesman
As of last week, donors had given the American Red Cross of Central Texas $627000. The Bastrop Christian Ministerial Alliance had received $300000. The Austin Community Foundation has distributed $100000 to fire relief efforts, and donations continue ...
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Austin American-Statesman
High winds trigger warning but few fires in Central Texas
Austin American-Statesman
The last time the service issued the warning on extreme fire danger was Labor Day weekend, when wildfires in Bastrop County and elsewhere broke out across Central Texas and consumed thousands of acres and killed two people. ...
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Austin American-Statesman
3 weeks since the Central Texas wildfires started
KVUE
by KVUE News Fire investigators said the Bastrop wildfire started when branches and trees fell on power lines, causing them to spark. It became the most destructive fire in state history, killing two people and destroying nearly 1600 homes. ...
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Scrap metal recycling is increasing after Texas wildfires
KYTX
By Melissa Daigle - email BASTROP, TX (CBS) - Scrap metal recycling is seeing big business after this summer's devastating wildfires. "Well, we're just trying to salvage as much as we can from the place we lost." For fire survivors like Juan Garcia, ...
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Power Line Sparks Likely Caused Bastrop, Texas Blaze
Insurance Journal
The Texas Forest Service wouldn't elaborate on the cause of the Bastrop fire to The Associated Press. However, a copy of the report obtained by the Austin American-Statesman states the massive blaze started as two fires ignited about five miles apart ...
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Fire survivors trading trash for cash
Austin News
BASTROP, TX (KXAN) - One of the biggest challenges now facing residents of the Bastrop County fires is how to get rid of piles of debris that have been collecting on their property. Since Saturday, a long line of vehicles with piles of metal in their ...
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San Marcos Toyota Co-Sponsors Bastrop Benefit to Raise Donations for Fire Victims
MarketWatch (press release)
SAN MARCOS, Texas, Sep 23, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- San Marcos Toyota is teaming with the San Marcos Chamber Of Commerce to create the Bastrop Benefit, which will have an immediate positive impact on the lives of those devastated by the recent wildfires ...
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Wildfire Victims Most Need Money: How You Can Help the Bastrop Fire Victims
Blanco County News
On the memo line, note “Bastrop Recover Project-Habitat Restoration.” TPWD Employees If you'd like to contribute to employees who lost their homes and possessions to the Bastrop Complex Fire, mail checks to: Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation, ...
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Honoring Our Local Heroes: Texas' Volunteer Firefighters
Wilson County News
A majority of the members of the Heart of the Pines Volunteer Fire Department--just between Smithville and Bastrop--lost their homes in the Bastrop fire, the most costly fire in Texas' history. For Mizzy Zdroj, one of the Heart of Pines volunteer ...
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Distribution center opens in Bastrop
Austin News
Salvation Army personnel will provide basic necessities free of charge to those who survived the Bastrop fire, such as toiletries, baby items, cleaning supplies, paper products, canned goods water, pillows and towels. Proof of residence is required to ...
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Dixie Chicks, Willie Nelson Scheduled for Fire Relief Concert in Texas
CMT.com
All proceeds will go to the Central Texas Wildfire Fund at the Austin Community Foundation in its efforts to assist families dealing with long-term problems stemming from wildfires which ravaged the area this summer. The fires in Bastrop County, ...
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Trees and power lines caused major Texas fire
Reuters
The Texas Department of Transportation's "Don't Mess with Texas" anti-litter program has been expanded to include a website where Texans can snitch on motorists who flick cigarettes out of their car windows. At the Bastrop Complex fire, burning since ...
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Reuters
By: Metro News
Sports Radio ESPN 1420
(Bastrop, TX) -- An investigative report shows trees that fell into power lines likely sparked the deadly Bastrop fire on Labor Day weekend. Investigators say the fire started in two different locations, and high winds quickly spread the fires, ...
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Animal Rescue Groups Work Together to Help Fire-Affected Victims in Central Texas
Best Friends Network
The Bastrop fire alone has destroyed over 1500 houses, 34068 acres, took two lives and is just now 95 percent contained. The worlds of both people and their pets have been turned upside down, but the outpouring of support the Central Texas community ...
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2010 Fires Caused $11.6B in Property Damage
PropertyCasualty360
Perhaps most notably, Texas Forest Service officials reported yesterday that the Bastrop fire—which began during Labor Day weekend about 30 miles east of Austin, killing two people and ravaging at least 1554 homes—was “95-percent contained. ...
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No federal help for June wildfire victims
KHOU
The tri-county fire in September happened around the same time as the massive wildfire in Bastrop County near Austin, which scorched more than 1500 homes. Pishner said that led the federal government to lump in its aid for many fires that were ...
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Bastrop County Fire 95 Percent Contained
WTAW
BASTROP, Texas (AP) _ The Texas Forest Service says wildfires that began more than two weeks ago in Bastrop County have been 95 percent contained. Officials say weekend rain and cooler temperatures contributed to the improved firefighting conditions in ...
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Wildfires cost Texas agriculture nearly $200 million
Fort Worth Star Telegram
6, 2011, outside their home that was destroyed by fire near Bastrop, Texas. AP Laura Clements surveys her fire-destroyed home, Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2011, in Bastrop, Texas. The Clements lost their home to fires Monday. AP Nichelle Bielinski looks over the ...
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Fort Worth Star Telegram
Associa Cares Provides Donations to Victims of Bastrop Wildfires
FireEngineering.com
In the past seven days, the Texas Forest Service has responded to 137 fires across Texas, the largest of which, in Bastrop County, destroyed more than 34000 acres and more than 1500 homes. Seventy-five percent of the fire is currently contained, ...
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Texas Schools Feeling Effects of Drought, Fires
Texas Tribune
by Lara Lapin Bastrop's school district is still figuring out how to cope with the nearly 1400 students and teachers who either lost their homes or have been displaced by the recent wildfires that consumed more than 34000 acres in the county. ...
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Reappraisals could impact Bastrop Co. school budgets
KVUE
by ANDREW HORANSKY / KVUE News SMITHVILLE, Texas -- The fire that scorched more than 34000 acres in Bastrop County could soon burn a hole in two school districts' budgets. According to the superintendent for Smithville Independent School District, ...
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On 60th anniversary today, Great Forks Fire still sparks legend for valiant ...
Peninsula Daily
In one Texas county alone, Bastrop, fires burned about 34000 acres, destroyed more than 1500 homes and killed at least two people. The hot summer in Texas and the wildfires of September bring to mind the enormous and fast-moving fire that swept across ...
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Industry Bands Together to Help Texas Wildfire Victims Get Vehicle Titles
Auto Remarketing
As of late last week, Bastrop County Judge Ronnie McDonald said that the wildfire that burned about 50000 square miles and killed two people was about 75 percent contained. The fire burning since Sept. 3 has destroyed nearly 1600 homes in the area ...
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With Bastrop fire 95 percent contained, recovery is new focus for fire crews
Austin American-Statesman
As the containment of the blaze climbed to 95 percent Sunday afternoon, the Texas Forest Service downgraded the response to the fire. The fire incident command is being downgraded from a type 1 to a type 3 today, indicating a gradual transition from ...
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Austin American-Statesman
Unique Texas Ecosystem Destroyed By Wildfires
KUHF-FM
Texans watched in horror as wildfires consumed the central Texas town of Bastrop. Two people died and about 1500 homes were destroyed as the fire raged through the dry tinder of the Lost Pines. "You know the mystery behind why is this pine forest here ...
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Fire victims face tough emotions
Austin American-Statesman
Groups such as the American Red Cross of Central Texas have provided free counseling and support since the Bastrop fires began. Mental health providers, including Austin Travis County Integral Care and Bluebonnet Trails Community Services, have 24-hour ...
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Austin American-Statesman
Bastrop chocolate business considers future after fire
Austin 360
By Addie Broyles Like on any other Sunday afternoon, Frans Hendriks and his wife, Roselly, were talking about bon bons and truffles with customers in their Roscar chocolate shop on Texas 71 east of Bastrop when Frans Hendriks saw smoke from wildfires ...
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Bastrop churches provide relief
Austin News
BASTROP, Texas (KXAN) - Bastrop Church of Christ held its first "normal" service after the fire Sunday, but the aftermath remained the primary focus. "Most of us have not ever been through this kind of disaster, even witnessed it," said Ronnie Morris. ...
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The Public Adjusters Provide Home Owners Realistic Free Fire Recovery Information
PR.com (press release)
A toll-free hotline (800-572-7914) has been established for Texas wildfire victims with fire insurance claim questions and information on hiring a licensed Texas public adjuster. Home owners can learn more about the services provided by The Public ...
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Inside Intelligence: Amid Fires and a Drought...
Texas Tribune
Should the state spend more on fire prevention? • "No. The state spends too much money already." • "Its easy to say this now, but obviously, yes. I do think we should have more controlled burns when the long term fire season permits it - the Bastrop ...
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County has outgrown patchwork system
Austin American-Statesman
Central Texas wildfires that devastated communities in Travis and Bastrop counties add momentum and urgency to efforts to build a fire department and emergency medical services system that would serve all of Travis County. That is long overdue, ...
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Austin American-Statesman
Top Morning Stories September 19, 2011
KUT News
Officials released The Bastrop County Complex Fire Factsheet on the county's Office of Emergency Management Facebook page. Yesterday rounded out the last day of the ACL festival. If you were not part of the 75000 people there each day, KUT's Texas ...
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Tight-knit team and community of Bastrop comes out for football and to honor ...
FireEngineering.com
Well, it's Friday night in Texas and that can mean only one thing, football. But there are actually other things on people's minds tonight including the drought that seems about as bad as it can possibly get. Ninety-seven percent of the state is ...
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Damp weather some help in corralling Bastrop fire
Austin American-Statesman
As of Saturday, 2504 residents from the 11 Texas counties that are eligible to apply for individual assistance have registered with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, spokesman Ray Perez said. Bastrop County residents make up most of those ...
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Austin American-Statesman
Volunteers bring help, hugs to Bastrop
Austin News
BASTROP, Texas (KXAN) - An army of volunteers in Bastrop is giving out supplies and helping people sort through their damage. The Red Cross alone has 340 volunteers and staff at the fire. They have served more than 12800 meals and distributed buckets ...
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Sewa International to Help Texas Families Displaced by Wild Fires Ravaging Bastrop
Indo American News
SEWA International believes that “Service to humanity is service to God” and calls on people to contact their local SEWA chapters or one of SEWA's national Texas Fire Relief coordinators Vasudev Singh (512-554-6498) or Sharad Amin (713-854-0633) to get ...
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Texas Wildfire Update - Sept. 17, 2011
YubaNet (press release)
250 of the 254 Texas counties are reporting burn bans. · Daily detailed fire information can be found here or at inciweb.org. BASTROP COUNTY COMPLEX, Bastrop County. 34068 acres, 80 percent contained. The 719-acre Union Chapel Fire is now included in ...
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Industrial sophomore helps Bastrop pets during homecoming weekend
Victoria Advocate
The shelter field supervisor said communities have banned together in tough times. "Everyone knows somebody affected by it (the fire)," Baker said. The Sept. 4. fires have destroyed 34068 acres and 1500 homes, according to the Texas Forest Service. ...
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Caution urged to help prevent wildfires
Star Community Newspapers
Several wildfires have been reported in Texas within the past few weeks, including ones west of Fort Worth and southeast of Dallas. The most devastating wildfire in the state has been in Bastrop County, in the hill country of South Texas. ...
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Austin City Limits Fest eases into 10th year with fire and rain on the radar
SoundSpike
Travelers flying into Austin may have caught glimpses of the 90%-contained Union Chapel fire west of the city or the 70%-contained Bastrop fire to the southeast. The combined central state fires are estimated to have cost $250 million in damages and ...
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Bastrop County Complex Fire 85 percent contained
YNN Austin
The Federal Emergency Management Agency announced they have received 2504 registrations from affected residents across Central Texas. Of those registrations, 2259 are from Bastrop County residents. FEMA has issued $2988658 for housing needs and $255227 ...
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As Bastrop fire still burns, other fire-affected areas focus on rebuilding
Austin American-Statesman
The Bastrop fire — the costliest in state history — was about 80 percent contained but still burning Friday night. An increase in humidity and drop in temperatures has helped fire crews battle it, Texas Forest Service spokeswoman Victoria Koenig said ...
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Texas' volunteer firefighters ill-equipped for job
Houston Chronicle
By LISA FALKENBERG, HOUSTON CHRONICLE Heart of the Pines volunteer firefighter Gary Hicks fights a wildfire Monday near Bastrop. Many volunteers like Hicks have been battling the wildfires raging across the state without proper gear. texas is on fire, ...
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Bastrop now on long road to recovery
Austin News
BASTROP, Texas (KXAN) - It's been 13 days but seems longer. The massive Bastrop fire is now 80 percent contained but the road to recovery is a long one. 34000 acres were scorched, more than 1500 homes destroyed. The Red Cross dispatched 20 palettes of ...
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Cornyn to visit Bastrop fire damage
Houston Chronicle (blog)
John Cornyn, R-Texas, will visit Bastrop Saturday to get a first-hand look at the area devastated by wildfires. He also will get brief by local officials and spend some time in Tahitian Village, one of the hardest hit areas by the recent wildfires. ...
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Houston Chronicle (blog)
Fire 80 percent contained in Bastrop
Austin News
BASTROP, Texas (KXAN) - The Bastrop fire that destroyed more than 1500 homes and burned 34000 acres is 80 percent contained, but the massive cleanup exercise continues, officials said Friday. County Judge Ronnie McDonald, flanked by representatives ...
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Texas fire doesn't destroy memories of beloved home
Southwest Virginia Today
The town nearby was Bastrop, Texas, and the county was Bastrop County. It was the first non-Indian occupied area of Texas, French explorer Count Bastrop being there in 1488. (Piney translated the explorer's diary from French for the local historian). ...
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Huge donation distribution center opens
Austin News
BASTROP, Texas (KXAN) - It was like a magic trick: In three days, an enormous and empty North Austin warehouse was suddenly bulging with relief items and supplies donated by people all over Central Texas. Even more amazing, all those donations were ...
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Texas A&M Emergency VET Team Saves Injured Bastrop Animals
KBTX
But with the help of the Texas A&M Veterinary Emergency Response Team, many animals are survivors today. As quick as the tree tops in Bastrop county caught fire--homeowners were forced to pick up what they could and flee for their lives; leaving their ...
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Crossroads volunteers return from the Texas wildfires
Victoria Advocate
They checked in after the fire was out and continued working. The Bastrop fire has burned more than 34000 acres and is now 80 percent contained, according to the Texas Forest Service. The shelters in Magnolia have shut down for the time being as the ...
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Texas Fire Evacuees Return To Find Only Ashes
NPR
by John Burnett Jeans hang on a clothesline next to a burned down trailer home in Bastrop, Texas. A wildfire raging for nearly two weeks has blackened 50 square miles and destroyed more than 1500 homes. Jeans hang on a clothesline next to a burned down ...
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Volunteers Needed to Hand Out Donations to Fire Victims
KGNB 1420 AM
(Bastrop, TX) -- Firefighters across the state appear to be getting a handle on the fire situation in Texas, although as many as 15 new fires broke out this week. Of course, the focus is on Bastrop County where 34-thousand acres has been burned, ...
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Austin premier of 'Bernie' to benefit Bastrop fire victims
Longview News-Journal
Linklater and his family were at their Bastrop home when the fire started Sept. 4. His family was able to evacuate without any injuries. Partially shot in East Texas, “Bernie” tells the tale of Carthage residents Bernie Tiede (played by Jack Black), ...
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Last of fire-weary Texans get all-clear to go home
Sacramento Bee
AP BASTROP, Texas -- Officials say the last of thousands of central Texas residents forced to flee a massive and devastating wildfire have been allowed to return to their homes. Bastrop County Judge Ronnie McDonald said Thursday that the wildfire that ...
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Groups gather aid for fire victims
The Cross Timbers Gazette
Residents of southern Denton County can assist their fellow Texans this weekend by donating items to the victims of the massive wildfires in Bastrop County, TX, southeast of Austin. The fire, which started on September 4 and is still not fully ...
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A&M's VET Team leaves Bastrop after treating 150 animals
Bryan College Station Eagle
The Texas A&M Veterinary Emergency Team planned to demobilize today from Bastrop after two weeks of helping animals affected by the wildfire there. The team treated more than 150 animals, some of which were severely injured in the fire that swept ...
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Team spirit on full display in Bastrop
Austin News
BASTROP, Texas (KXAN) - For 12 days, Bastrop dug through the ashes and then there was football. Thursday's night game against San Marcos on Bastrop's own turf was more than “a game” for a team that saw 11 players homeless due to the wildlife. ...
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Why Did It Take So Long To Get Wildfire Help?
KPRC Houston
A DC-10 made it to Texas at the height of the wildfire in Bastrop. It was later used in the massive fire that ripped through Grimes, Montgomery and Waller counties. McCaul said the plane sat on the tarmac for two days because the flight crew maxed out ...
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Bastrop fire victims getting help
KVUE
by JESSICA VESS / KVUE News AUSTIN -- Firefighters in Bastrop are expecting a challenging day Wednesday. Fire officials confirmed 18 flare-ups across the city on Tuesday. With stronger wind gusts predicted for Wednesday, they are remaining on the ...
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Clear Creek HiLife: CREEK aids Bastrop fire victims with much needed supplies
my.hsj.org
Of the fires that have blazed across the state, most of them has struck Bastrop County, affecting Bastrop, Smithville, and Cedar Creek along with other communities. The Magnolia fire started near Houston and required evacuations from 11 different ...
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McKinney CVB gathers items for Bastrop fire victims
Star Community Newspapers
By Dan Eakin, deakin@acnpapers.com The McKinney Convention & Visitors Bureau (MCVB) is now accepting items for Bastrop County fire victims. Diann Bayes, executive director of the MCVB, noted that Collin County has been fortunate to not have had ...
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Bastrop Fires Pull Community Together
KSAT San Antonio
CEDAR PARK, Texas -- While most people in Bastrop County were able to avoid the fires burning here, virtually everyone there has been affected by them. "There's not anyone here that (does) not have a friend or family that has lost something or ...
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Austin community, vendors gather to raise funds for Bastrop wildfires victims
UT The Daily Texan
The company is also doing its part in helping with the Bastrop fires, said Kellie's Kandies & Cookies' spokesperson. She said it will sponsor Cookies for Bastrop, a cookie drive in which customers can buy cookies to send to fire victims with a ...
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UT The Daily Texan
The Film After the Fire: Richard Linklater talks about giving back to Bastrop ...
Austin Chronicle (blog)
Richard Linklater was hoping to have a nice, quiet private screening of his upcoming film Bernie on Sunday: As he announced yesterday, he and his stars have turned it into a major fundraiser for victims of the Bastrop fires. Linklater said. ...
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Austin Chronicle (blog)
San Saba County fundraiser for Bastrop fire relief
San Saba News & Star
Saturday, September 17, 2011 San Saba County will hold a fundraiser for Bastrop fire victims. The event will be held from 10 am to 2 pm on the south side of the Courthouse Square. Free hot dogs and Dr Pepper. Skeebo Norris, General Manager and Wayne ...
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Wildfires could prove to be learning experience for scientists
Austin American-Statesman
"It rained there soon after the fire, and we had an explosion of non-native grasses that grew up there," he said. Wagner says he would not expect that kind of response from the Bastrop fire but that the department will be watching to determine what ...
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Austin American-Statesman
Part 2: Forest Service explains fire's cause, danger zones
KVUE
Maxwell went into great detail about the recent wildfires in Bastrop County. In part two, Maxwell explains the Bastrop fire's cause, why the areas residents are being let back into are still danger zones, and more. You can follow the Texas Forest ...
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HEB provides continued community support in the wake of Texas wildfires
The Paper Magazine
Last week as wildfires broke out around Texas, HEB activated its emergency response units to assist the American Red Cross and Texas firefighters. On Monday, September 5, HEB sent the Eddie Garcia Mobile Kitchen to Bastrop to provide much needed meals, ...
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Wildfires damage nearly all of Bastrop State Park
Houston Chronicle
BASTROP, Texas (AP) — Nearly all of a Central Texas state park has been blackened by wildfires. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department says about 95 percent of Bastrop State Park, located 25 miles east of Austin, has been scorched. ...
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Winds Could Fan Flames of Bastrop Fire - Cash Donations Needed
KGNB 1420 AM
(Bastrop, TX) -- Concerns are mounting about the effect gusty winds the rest of this week will have on the largest of the fires there. The Austin American Statesman reports that the Bastrop fire is, for now, about 70% contained. But winds 10 to 15mph, ...
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Boil-water notice lifted in Bastrop
Austin News
BASTROP, Texas – Aqua Water Supply said Wednesday that all Quality Control samples from the five zones in Bastrop passed lab tests, so the company is lifting the Boil Water notice. The Boil Water notice implemented as a result of the wildfires remains ...
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Texas forests face record-breaking danger
CattleNetwork.com
While not exactly true, this year has been the worst fire season in Texas' recorded history, according to Tom Boggus, Texas Forest Service director. Started during the Labor Day weekend, the massive Bastrop County Complex fire combined with the Union ...
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ATF, team looking into fire cause
Austin News
However, he said a team of investigators are working together to find the cause of the Bastrop Complex Fire. Fisher said experts from the county, the US Forest Service, state fire service office, Texas Department of Public Safety and ATF are compiling ...
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Fire crews get blaze 75% contained
Austin News
BASTROP, Texas (KXAN) - It's Day 12 of the Bastrop County Complex fire, and the final residents who haven't been back to their homes are expected to return Thursday. Fire crews have managed to get the blaze at 75 percent containment as of Wednesday ...
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Fire Relief and Threat Become Daily Occurrences: Burn bans are now a fact of life
Austin Chronicle
16, 2011 Rows of shoes are lined up for the taking at a fire relief station in Bastrop. At press time, a windy Wednesday had prompted an elevated wildfire threat as Central Texas firefighters brace for another outbreak of blazes and fire victims ...
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Austin Chronicle
Travis, Williamson counties added to disaster declaration
Austin American-Statesman
Eleven days after it started, the larger Bastrop fire was 70 percent contained as of Wednesday night. The county's emergency management coordinator, Mike Fisher, said that officials have identified two points of origin: Charolais Drive near Texas 21 ...
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Fire didn't snuff out love of music
Austin News
BASTROP, TEXAS (KXAN) - It took a little more than a week to get the Disastronauts Foundation up and running. "I started noticing we had a lot of friends in the music community that have lost their homes or music teachers, or instrument makers and they ...
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By: Metro News
Sports Radio ESPN 1420
Police say the boy had bruises from head to toe. (Bastrop, TX) -- The devastating tri-county Riley Road fire near Houston is now fully contained. Fire officials reported 100-percent containment of the 19-thousand acre blaze yesterday. ...
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Service King Donates Car to Texas Family Impacted by Wildfire
BodyShop Business
Today at noon, Service King Collision Repair Centers will donate a vehicle to a Bastrop County, Texas family who were one of the more than 500 families who lost their homes in a devastating wildfire that hit the area recently. ...
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Texas Wildfires affect Students at Longwood
The Rotunda
Zach Mahone is a senior on the men's varsity soccer team and a Texas native. Luckily, Mahone and his family are located northwest of San Antonio, Texas where the fires have not affected land. He explained if the fire in Bastrop were to change direction ...
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Texas wildfires: More evidence of climate change
Houston Chronicle (blog)
Click on the image above to access an interactive map with more information on the wildfires. Six of the 10 largest wildfires in Texas history occurred in 2011. This year's wildfire in Bastrop County set a somber state record for destruction: the ...
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Houston Chronicle (blog)
Volunteer Texas firefighters lose homes but battle on
Bend Bulletin
Workers clear an area of brush Monday just off Highway 21 in Bastrop, Texas. The worst damage from Texas' many wildfires is in Bastrop, where 1554 homes have been destroyed. By Ashley Powers / Los Angeles Times BASTROP, Texas — Paying attention in ...
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AFD firefighter shares his experience in Bastrop
KVUE
by KVUE News AUSTIN -- Tuesday an Austin firefighter talked about his experiences in the last week fighting the Central Texas fires. The Austin Fire Department sent 50 firefighters to help battle the Bastrop wildfires. The department also sent crews to ...
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Rainy day fund unlikely for wildfires
Austin News
In addition to the firefighting costs, homeowners and business owners are wracking up plenty of payments, as well. Since Labor Day weekend, the Insurance Council of Texas said the entire state's damage comes to $250 million, while Bastrop County alone ...
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Wildfires and drought cost Texas billions
Chicago Tribune
This has reduced much of Texas to paper-dry scrubland, creating perfect conditions for scorched earth. The largest fire is in Bastrop County, near the central Texas capital of Austin, consuming more than 1500 homes and 34000 acres. ...
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Bastrop officials warn of 'red-flag' weather conditions
YNN Austin
Officials are continuing to ask for donations. Anyone interested in donating is encouraged to call (512) 332-8977 or (512) 332-8661 to get more information. Cash donations should be mailed to: PO Box 876, Bastrop, TX 78602. You can also donate online ...
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YNN Austin
Bastrop County Complex Fire Scars Texas
iWeather Online
Ongoing drought set the stage for severe fires in Texas in the slate summer of 2011. In early September, Tropical Storm Lee, which drenched other parts of the United States, brought strong winds to Texas, worsening the fires. ...
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iWeather Online
McKinney Roughs Nature Park reopens
Austin News
BASTROP, Texas (KXAN) - The McKinney Roughs Nature Park in Bastrop reopened Tuesday morning after being closed for more than a week because of wildfires in the area. Two other parks operated by the Lower Colorado River Authority in the Bastrop area ...
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Fire-weary Texas residents looking to insurance
Seattle Post Intelligencer
The Bastrop fire alone has destroyed more than 1550 homes and charred about 45 square miles. The tally of burned homes ranks the Bastrop blaze as one of the nation's most destructive wildfires, many of which have burned in California over the last 20 ...
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Bastrop fire now 70 percent contained; two remain missing
The Gonzales Cannon
As progress on the Bastrop County Fire Complex continues, areas of Bastrop are being opened to residents for re-entry. Tahitian Village East of Akaloa and south of Wahane Lane re-opened Sunday for residents. All areas east of State Highway 21 re-opened ...
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Bastrop Fire Relief Benefit Screening of Linklater's BERNIE With Jack Black In ...
Movie City News
100% of proceeds from this screening will benefit the following organizations (to date): Bastrop Emergency Food Pantry, Heart of the Pines Volunteer Fire Department and Friends of the Lost Pines State Parks. Red carpet arrivals with Linklater and Black ...
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Week 2: List of fire benefit events
Austin News
Donations will go to the Distribution Center for Victims of Bastrop Fires, for use by fire victims and firefighters who are stationed there. Concert and Silent Auction -- 8 pm to 2 am -- "Stop, Drop, Rock & Roll" fundraiser for musicians affected by ...
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Facing ashes of the Bastrop fire
YNN Austin
I think it's really imperative when people find an animal that they take it to a shelter because somebody is looking for their pet," Bastrop fire victim Laura Szeman said. Now, she just hopes the one missing member of her family is able to make his way ...
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YNN Austin
Reality of Bastrop fires grim for many
KVUE
As of Monday evening, fire officials told KVUE that the Bastrop fire was 70 percent contained. The concern among officials now is that winds are expected to pick up on Tuesday and Wednesday. For now Mary Sepeda will stay at a Bastrop shelter for fire ...
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Coahoma Girls Basketball Team Raising Money For Bastrop Families
NewsWest9.com
by Anayeli Ruiz COAHOMA - Across the Basin, folks are really stepping up to the plate, trying to help the victims of the Bastrop fire. In Coahoma, the girls basketball team is doing their part to provide some relief. "We have had a bunch of fires ...
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Boerne Soccer Club to help Bastrop fire victims
Boerne Star
Some of the BSC teams compete against the Bastrop teams, and many of the Bastrop families lost their homes and belongings in the recent fires. BSC hopes you will consider assisting the Bastrop soccer families in their time of need. ...
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Local residents feel the need to assist Bastrop fire victims
Killeen Daily Herald
They saw the heartbreaking images of the Bastrop fires, raging across a community that felt all too close to home. They wanted to help and they did. On Sunday, Sept. 4, Sheryl and Walter Brown, owners of Big Hoss BBQ in Killeen, closed their restaurant ...
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Killeen Daily Herald
Four units respond to abandoned house fire
Bastrop Daily Enterprise
The Bastrop Fire Department quickly extinguished a fire in a vacant house on E. Jefferson around 1 pm Monday. By Wes Helbling The Bastrop Fire Department responded to a vacant house burning on East Jefferson Avenue on Monday afternoon. ...
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All But 2 Accounted For in Bastrop-Area Fires
NBC Dallas-Fort Worth
(AP Photo/ The Texarkana Gazette,Adam Sacasa) Authorities say they have accounted for all but two of the residents affected by a massive Central Texas wildfire, and the number of homes destroyed is holding steady for now. Bastrop County Sheriff Terry ...
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Texas Wildfire Update - Sept. 13, 2011
YubaNet (press release)
An assessment team has confirmed 1554 homes have been destroyed on the large Bastrop fire and the Union Chapel Fire. Two civilians were found dead Tuesday as search crews went through the charred subdivisions. BEAR CREEK (#536), Cass County. ...
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Memorial set for Bastrop fire victim
Austin News
BASTROP, Texas (KXAN) - A memorial service will be held Saturday at 2 pm for Michael Troy Farr , 48, the first of two victims identified last week who died in the Bastrop fire. The service will be at Beck Funeral Home at 1700 E. Whitestone Blvd. in ...
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More neighborhoods open to residents in Bastrop
KVUE
by JESSICA VESS / KVUE News BASTROP, Texas -- More families will begin returning home on Tuesday after a massive wildfire destroyed about 35000 acres and more than1,500 homes. It is now 60 percent contained. Residents can expect a similar line of ...
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By: Metro News
Sports Radio ESPN 1420
Texas Governor Rick Perry is blaming the Obama Administration for putting up roadblocks that have forced Luminant to cut 500 jobs. (Bastrop, TX) -- Firefighters are still trying to fully contain the 34-thousand acre fire in Bastrop County, but hundreds ...
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Area Firefighters Return From Front Lines
KSAT San Antonio
SAN ANTONIO -- Firefighters from the San Antonio and New Braunfels areas are returning home after helping fight a massive blaze in Bastrop. Crews continue to battle the fire in Central Texas but officials said it has been contained. ...
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Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison tours Bastrop wildfire damage
KYTX
she said. The White House has already declared parts of Texas a disaster area. That means Federal dollars are now available for victims through FEMA. The massive fire in Bastrop County near Austin is about 60 percent contained now. The fire has grown ...
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Bastrop schools healing together
Austin News
BASTROP, Texas (KXAN) - The hallways were filled with students trying to quietly walk in a straight line to and from the cafeteria. Many of them were just excited to see a television camera looking at them. The atmosphere in the building was like a ...
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MCCAUL HELPS SECURE PRE-POSITIONED FEDERAL AVIATION ASSETS TO FIGHT WILDFIRES ...
FireEngineering.com
The Forest Service committed to keep the DC-10 and C-130s stationed at Austin Bergstrom International Airport for the foreseeable future while fire danger remains high. Weve known and Washington has known that Texas has been a tinderbox for months. ...
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Fleet of firefighting aircraft to be stationed in Austin
Austin American-Statesman
Part of the reason that the DC-10 didn't fight the Bastrop fire was the airport wasn't equipped to handle it. Officials called in the tanker on the third or fourth day of the wildfire. It took two days to set up operations at the airport, ...
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Bastrop fire: 1554 homes burned, 60% contained
KXAN.com
The fire in Bastrop is 60 percent contained Monday morning.
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Bastrop fire update
KXAN.com
Bastrop fire update at 12:29 pm on Sept. 12.
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KXAN-Bastrop Fire Victims Face Looters
KXAN.com
Looters have hit at least one homeowner in Bastrop following a devastating fire.
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San Antonio church sends special delivery to bastrop fire victims
KENS 5 TV
by Wendy Rigby / KENS 5 SAN ANTONIO -- San Antonio churches are among the gorups helping out fire victims in Bastrop. On Monday, September 12, 2011, two busloads of needed items were loaded up at University United Methodist Church, 5084 De Zavala. ...
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Home of Consolidated High School Band Director Escapes Bastrop Fire
WTAW
The weekend before last, Henry and his wife were among those evacuated from their home near Bastrop. Henry says the order came after they had already started preparing. He stayed in a College Station motel while his wife and their three dogs went to ...
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Sabine Pass collects donations for Bastrop fire victims
KFDM-TV News
That feeling sparked donations of more than $3000 in gift cards and other items for the Bastrop fire victims. The small community spent Sunday collecting donations at the Sabine Pass Community Center. A number of residents brought toiletries, ...
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Austin fundraisers benefit Bastrop fire victims
YNN Austin
The concert was put together to help 10 area musicians who lost everything in the fires. "I've had goosebumps for six hours today because I'm so overwhelmed by the willingness to give and the support that we've received for these people who've lost ...
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YNN Austin
Five Firefighting Aircraft Stationed at Austin Airport
KUT News
Bastrop fire officials said at that point that the DC-10 would not have been as useful, because it would have required evacuating firefighters from the burn zone while they were trying to prevent hot spots and flare ups from burning undamaged ...
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East Sixth Bastrop Benefit On Wednesday
Austinist
A group of businesses on East Sixth street are banding together to raise money for the victims of the Bastrop wildfire. All proceeds and donations raised by these businesses go to the "Austin/Bastrop Fire Relief Fund," and the participating shops ...
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Texas fires coming under control, schools reopen
Chicago Tribune
The Bastrop County Complex Fire is about 60 percent contained, Bill Paxton of the Texas Forest Service told Reuters on Monday. "We're making progress, but we are still not out of the woods until we get significant precipitation," Paxton said. ...
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Drought threatens way of life for Texas ranchers
USA Today
In the Bastrop area, 25 miles east of Austin, recent wildfires killed two residents and destroyed 1500 homes in less than a week — far surpassing the statewide record of 436 in 2009. Across Texas, wildfires this year have burned a record 3.7 million ...
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USA Today
Citizen Patriot Response Reports from the Scene of the Texas Wildfires in ...
Texas GOP Vote
By Brandon Darby Texas currently has 166475 acres on fire. Twenty-four new fires were reported on Sunday, 9-11-11. The two largest wildfires are the Bastrop and Magnolia/ Tri-County fires. Both are currently burning and authorities expect more homes to ...
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Texas GOP Vote
Wildfires cause 9/11 sermon revisions
BP News
BASTROP, Texas (BP) -- Raymond Edge, pastor of First Baptist Church in Bastrop, Texas, said he had planned to preach from Psalm 46:1-7 -- a refuge passage -- on the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks. But the ferocious wildfires in Bastrop ...
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Reports of looting near Bastrop area destroyed by fires
KIII TV3
As if dealing with a raging wildfire was not enough, residents of Bastrop are now having to deal with looters. The fire near the central Texas town has now destroyed 1500 homes and there are 22 people reported missing. Looters hit a family home off ...
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Texplainer: Can Texas Use the Rainy Day Fund to Fight Wildfires?
Texas Tribune
by Claire Cardona Fireman Bret Deakins of Quinlan puts out a hot spot in a wood pile in Bastrop County on September 9, 2011. Hey Texplainer: Why doesn't Rick Perry use money from the state's Rainy Day Fund to help fight the wildfires and assist folks ...
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A&M System in Full Response Mode Texas Wildfires Now Number 480
KBTX
When we say we've got Texas covered, we mean it.” The bulk of A&M System employees and resources are being directed to the Bastrop County Complex fire. The 34068-acre fire has merged with the 719-acre Union Chapel fire and is only now 60 percent ...
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Distribution team coordination in place
Austin News
BASTROP, Texas (KXAN) - Central Texas residents have been overwhelmingly generous with donations this past week to the victims of the fires in Bastrop, many of whom lost everything they own. More than 1500 houses were destroyed in the blaze that is 60 ...
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Moody's: Texas Wildfires To Pressure Insurers' Earnings
PropertyCasualty360
The worst of the fires in the state, Bastrop County, is now 60 percent contained, says the Texas Forest Service, with a total of 1554 homes destroyed by the blaze. With an additional 87 homes lost in fires in other parts of the state, the total now ...
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More residents to return to fire-stricken Texas neighborhoods
CNN International
By the CNN Wire Staff Hillary Polly looks through the rubble of her family's burned house on Wednesday near Bastrop, Texas. (CNN) -- Authorities expect to allow residents to begin re-entering some of their communities in fire-ravaged Bastrop County, ...
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Bastrop fire victims take on looters
Austin News
BASTROP, Texas (KXAN) - Sitting at the intersection of Bluebonnet Drive and Sage Road in Bastrop is the Hewett family. Braving the triple-digit temperatures, they are standing guard over their fire-ravaged neighborhood that is now being threatened by ...
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Texas Fire Razes More Than 1500 Homes
FireFighting News.com
United States (Texas) - The number of homes destroyed by a Texas wildfire has reached 1554 and is likely to rise as firefighters enter more areas where the blaze has been extinguished, officials said Sunday. Bastrop County Sheriff Terry Pickering said ...
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FireFighting News.com
Texas fire burns 1554 homes; 17 missing
Longview News-Journal
The number of homes destroyed by a still-raging wildfire in Bastrop increased on Sunday to 1554 and will increase further as emergency crews enter areas where the blaze has been extinguished. Seventeen people remain unaccounted for, but officials ...
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School of Information hopes to save history lost by wildfires
UT The Daily Texan
After officials announced Thursday that Bastrop residents in the Circle D and KC Estates area could return home to view damages, Austin resident Karen Fergurson accompanies friend to his home. The worst in Texas history, the wildfires in Bastrop have ...
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UT The Daily Texan
Animal Health Commission Responds to Raging Fires Across Texas
Stackyard
... of Texas have The Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) emergency responders currently working in Bastrop, Travis, Cass, and Waller counties. Danny Williamson, Region 7 inspector, leads miniature horses to safety during the Bastrop County fire. ...
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Stackyard
Faith and the fire: Bastrop parishioners look to each other for strength
Austin American-Statesman
The Youngs followed the fire news as they drove their RV back to Texas, and she said they were already 90 percent sure that their house would be gone. It was. With a nod from a sentry, she was able several days ago to walk a couple of blocks from a ...
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By: Metro News
Sports Radio ESPN 1420
(Austin, TX) -- Fire officials say six people remain unaccounted for as the more than 34-thousand-acre Bastrop County fire rages on. Officials announced last night that all but six of the 22 people reported missing have been found safe and sound. ...
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Free Subscriptions Given Away by DocuHome® Home Inventory Solutions to Mark ...
PR Web (press release)
The Bastrop Fire in Texas has destroyed nearly 1400 homes and Hurricane Irene's wind and flooding damages may exceed $7 billion in 10 Eastern states (Consumer Federation of America). DocuHome® Home Inventory Solutions wants Americans to get their homes ...
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PR Web (press release)
FEMA offering transitional sheltering assistance for Bastrop County
Austin American-Statesman (blog)
... announced that up to $250000 from the non-profit Texas Disaster Relief Fund will be distributed through Combined Community Action Inc. to provide seven-day emergency hotel vouchers to families whose homes have been destroyed by the Bastrop fire. ...
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More residents to return to their neighborhoods in fire-stricken Texas
CNN International
At least 1554 homes have been torched so far in the nearly 180 wildfires that broke out over 170686 acres last week, according to Victoria Koenig, a spokeswoman for the Texas Forest Service. Six people were unaccounted for Sunday in Bastrop County near ...
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Beware of scams in wake of fires
Austin American-Statesman
After natural disasters such as the recent wildfires in Bastrop and elsewhere in Central Texas, fraudulent charities often crop up and prey on the generosity of the public. If a tow-truck operator offers to cart away a vehicle that was damaged by the ...
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Austin American-Statesman
UNC students' families affected by Texas fires
The Daily Tar Heel (blog)
The worst of the Texas fires, the one plaguing Bastrop county, has destroyed almost 1400 homes and killed two civilians, according to the forest service's website. “My experience was definitely traumatic, but there are people with far worse experiences ...
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Volunteers are the heart of wildfire fight
Houston Chronicle
SMITHVILLE — As the blue skies over Bastrop began to boil with black smoke, one of the first departments to respond to what would become the most destructive wildfire in Texas history was a motley crew of unlikely heroes with hand-me-down fire suits, ...
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Central Texas Digest: Ozone alert issued for Monday
Austin American-Statesman
The ozone watches are not related to the wildfires burning around Austin, officials have said. "The elderly, active children and adults as well as people with respiratory diseases, such as asthma, should reduce prolonged or heavy exertion outdoors," ...
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Texas wildfire partly tamed; up to 22 people unaccounted for
Reuters
State emergency officials are now turning their efforts to helping the people affected by the fires, which have destroyed nearly 2000 homes in Texas just in the past week. Many people who live in the area affected by the Bastrop fire said they were ...
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Bastrop Fire Update
KXAN.com
Bastrop Fire Update following Sunday press conference.
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Bird's Eye view of Bastrop fires
Austin News
No matter what your vantage point, the destruction from the Bastrop fire is massive. On the ground, scorched land, charred homes and little else remains. The view from above though, is even more sobering. Sunday afternoon, KXAN and Congressman Michael ...
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Man loses home and business in Bastrop fire
YNN Austin
Of the hundreds of homes leveled by the Bastrop County wildfire, one in particular was brought into stark relief yesterday. County and state officials held a briefing on the site of Roscar Chocolates. Before the fire, it was a thriving local business ...
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YNN Austin
KXAN-Perry a NO SHOW at Bastrop Presser
KXAN.com
Perry is a no show at a press conference and walk through in fire ravaged Bastrop.
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Several evacuees located after posting of missing persons list
YNN Austin
The remaining missing Bastrop County residents have not checked into a shelter and have not been heard from since the fire. Anyone with contact to any of the following people are urged to ask them to call (512) 332-8814 or (512) 332-8856 immediately. ...
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The entry titled "Bastrop fire 50 percent contained; second fire victim ...
Austin American-Statesman (blog)
For those affected by the larger of the two fires that have burned up Bastrop County during the past week, the answer - we don't know - was a frustrating one. News that firefighters may accompany insurance agents to assess the damage at their clients' ...
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Fire hot spots in Texas keep thousands from homes
San Francisco Chronicle
Andrew DeMillo, AP Erich Schlegel / AP Tommy Ratto, a California firefighter, cleans up a hot spot from the huge wildfire in Bastrop, Texas. Fire crews made progress Saturday fighting a huge central Texas wildfire but concerns over still smoldering hot ...
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For firefighters, losing houses was personal
Austin American-Statesman
Jerry Tuttle, Assistant Chief Scott Sutcliffe and Lt. Jeff Fox keep an eye on the fire from their station on Texas 71. Capt. Alan Donaldson of the Bastrop Fire Department looks at a destroyed helmet where his home once stood in Bastrop's Circle D ...
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Austin American-Statesman
Tempers are flaring in Bastrop
San Antonio Express
Residents also complained that DC-10 planes were not deployed to drop fire retardant on the blaze. Texas Forest Service officials said the planes were sent to the Magnolia fire north of Houston since firefighters on the ground in Bastrop are focusing ...
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Texas Animal Health Commission responds to raging fires across the state
North Texas e-News
By Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) AUSTIN – The existing wildfire situations across the state of Texas have The Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) emergency responders currently working in Bastrop, Travis, Cass, and Waller counties. ...
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Midland American Legion Collecting Donations for Bastrop Fire Victims
NewsWest9.com
By Geena Martinez MIDLAND - A local organization is bringing hope to hundreds in Central Texas as the wildfire continues to burn in Bastrop. The American Legion Post in Midland is helping those who were affected by the blaze get back on their feet. ...
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Burning needed to limit fires
San Antonio Express
He helped fight the Bastrop fire. Sparks and others knew that eventually, there would be a fire in the state park. The pine ecosystem actually was dependant on it. TPWD wrote a fire plan for the park and started conducting systematic prescribed burns, ...
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Firefighters 'optimistic' about containing giant blaze north of Houston
Houston Chronicle
On Friday, a DC-10 air tanker made six runs over the fast-moving wall of flames, dumping more than 11000 gallons of fire retardant in each pass. It had originally been loaned for the day from the fire effort in Bastrop but will now be focused primarily ...
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After a week of tragedy, Bastrop football team is ready to play again
Austin American-Statesman
Stuart Pearson hadn't seen everyone for a week because the fire took his home. But the linebackers coach at Bastrop High came Friday night to Bobcat Stadium: in part to scout, in part to fellowship and in part to immerse himself in triggers — claps, ...
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Austin American-Statesman
Texas Crop Report
LubbockOnline.com
The high winds also fanned more than 60 new field fires, burning more than 30000 acres of rangeland in Bastrop, Bexar, Travis, Williamson and other counties. More than 500 homes had been destroyed in Bastrop County at the time of this report. ...
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Rodolfo Gonzalez /AMERICAN-STATESMAN
Austin American-Statesman
In many instances, fire bosses called in air power to assist firefighters on the ground. Even before the Bastrop fire, planes and helicopters had logged just less than 14000 flight hours, dropping 20.7 million gallons of water and 4.75 million gallons ...
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Austin American-Statesman
Rescue of Fire-Stranded Pets Under Way in Bastrop
NBC Dallas-Fort Worth
By Elvira Sakmari An army of veterinarians and volunteers have set up shelters and triage centers to help animals affected by the Bastrop County Complex wildfire. The Bastrop County Complex Fire southeast of Austin has claimed many victims, ...
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Texas wildfire evacuees anxious to return home
Twin Falls Times-News
A perilous mix of hot temperatures, strong winds and a historic drought spawned the Bastrop-area fire, the largest of the nearly 190 wildfires the state forest service says erupted this week, killing four people, destroying more than 1700 homes and ...
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Residents return home after W. Bexar fire
San Antonio Express
The crew drove 2000 miles in three days from northern California to fight the Bastrop County Complex Fire. LISA KRANTZ/lkrantz@express-news.net Engine Operator Jason Tucker, from the Whiskeytown (CA) Fire Engine Two, National Park Service, ...
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Fresh crews, light winds help fight Texas wildfires
Reuters
Four people have been killed by fires in Texas since Sunday, when roaring winds from Tropical Storm Lee fanned more than six dozen major fires in the state. Bastrop County Judge Ronnie McDonald told a midday briefing that the effort being committed to ...
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Reuters
STORY REMOVED: BC-US--Perry-Wildfires story
Washington Post
By AP, BASTROP, Texas — The Associated Press has withdrawn its story about Texas residents questioning why Gov. Rick Perry has not spent more time in areas affected by wildfires. The single person who asked about Perry's involvement was not an area ...
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SBA Stands Ready to Assist Texas Residents and Businesses Affected by Wildfires
MarketWatch (press release)
The declaration covers Bastrop County Texas for damages caused by wildfires that began August 30. "The US Small Business Administration is strongly committed to providing Texans with the most effective and customer-focused response possible, ...
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Local Air National Guard assists with wildfires in Texas
WBTV
The fires have burned for more than a week now. The flames have destroyed more than 1400 homes in and around the city of Bastrop, near Austin. President Obama signed a federal disaster declaration for Texas that will allow victims of the fires to ...
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Wildfires inspired kindness, generosity
Austin American-Statesman
The burst of Central Texas wildfires that ignited Sept. 4 inspired countless churches, individuals, schools, nonprofits and businesses offer their help. The Austin Humane Society, for example, took in dozens of animals from the Bastrop County's shelter ...
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In the Nation | Philadelphia Inquirer | 2011-09-10
Philadelphia Inquirer
Bloomberg News BASTROP, Texas - Firefighters are tamping down hotspots and holding back flames from a wildfire that has burned for days across central Texas, incinerating nearly 1400 homes and tens of thousands of acres of drought-parched land, ...
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Texans wary as drought, heat, and La Nina create perfect recipe for more fast ...
Washington Post
By Associated Press, BASTROP, Texas — Scorching temperatures, strong winds and dry vegetation are turning Texas wildfires into fast and furious dangers that hop from place to place within hours, even minutes, and give residents little time to flee. ...
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Kids affected by the wildfires
KVUE
by STEVE ALBERTS / KVUE News BASTROP COUNTY, Texas -- Classes will resume in both the Bastrop and Smithville Independent School Districts Monday. It will be another step closer to normalcy for thousands of kids affected by the wildfires. ...
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Fires slow, but evacuees' frustration still grows
San Angelo Standard Times
Texas is in the midst of its worst wildfire outbreak in state history. A perilous mix of hot temperatures, strong winds and a historic drought spawned the Bastrop-area fire, the largest of the nearly 190 wildfires the state forest service says erupted ...
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Mississippi helps out with Texas fires
WLOX
Bozeman says so far 39 Mississippians have been sent to lend a hand in battling the fires burning in Bastrop just outside the state capitol of Austin. The damage left behind is continuing to grow with more than 34000 acres scotched and about 1400 homes ...
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Verizon Wireless Network Reliable in Wildfire Areas
Sacramento Bee
8, 2011 -- /PRNewswire/ -- Verizon Wireless has been working diligently to keep its wireless communications network functioning in the path of the Central Texas wildfires so that firefighters, people impacted by the Bastrop fires and others affected by ...
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Bastrop rescuers helping fire-stranded pets
Examiner.com
Austin, TX -- As the Texas wildfires continue to burn, pets left behind during the evacuation of homes have been without food or water for almost five days. Austin Pets Alive has gained permission to help with the search and rescue efforts of pets that ...
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No immediate need for DC-10 in Central Texas fire
Atlanta Journal Constitution
By CHRISTOPHER SHERMAN AP BASTROP, Texas — A fire official now says there's no need to use a DC-10 jetliner to drop thousands of gallons of retardant on a Central Texas wildfire that's destroyed nearly 1400 homes and killed two people. ...
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Atlanta Journal Constitution
Too Late for DC-10 in Bastrop Fires
FOX 4 News
BASTROP, Texas - A fire official now says there's no immediate need to use a DC-10 jetliner to drop thousands of gallons of retardant on a Central Texas wildfire that's destroyed nearly 1400 homes and killed two people. Texas Forest Service incident ...
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Week in Photos: Sept. 8, 2011
San Antonio Express
Smoke encroaches on Highway 71 in Bastrop, Texas Monday September 5, 2011 as wildfires continue to burn in the area. Photo: John Davenport/jdavenport@express-news.net / jdavenport@express-news.net Fire rages on Leisure Lane in a neighborhood near the ...
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Fridays wildfire update from the Texas Forest Service
Houston Chronicle (blog)
This fire started Tuesday, however TFS resources were not utilized until yesterday. DAM, Hill County. 250 acres, 80 percent contained. It appears that up to six homes were lost on this fire yesterday. BASTROP COUNTY COMPLEX, Bastrop County. ...
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Houston Chronicle (blog)
Official Recount: Bastrop Fires Have Destroyed 1400 Homes
KGNB 1420 AM
(Bastrop, TX) -- The Austin American Statesman reports that the total number of homes destroyed by fires there now sits at 14-hundred, nearly doubling the estimate released by officials on Wednesday. That new number comes after a house by house check ...
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Donation drive off to a bright start
Austin News
BASTROP, Texas (KXAN) - A semitruck arrived at the Bastrop Walmart early Friday morning, ready for fill-up with supplies and donations that will head straight to wildfire survivors. And while preparation activity got under way outside the store in the ...
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Firefighting DC-10 remains grounded
Austin American-Statesman
In the meantime, she said, aerial tankers, so-called "scooper" planes and Chinook helicopters continue fighting the fire that stretches to the south and east of Bastrop. In all, Texas on Thursday had 65 airborne firefighting resources in place — and ...
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Austin American-Statesman
Wells Fargo Donates $100k for Texas Fire Relief
KBTX
Wells Fargo's donation to the American Red Cross disaster relief fund will support ongoing efforts in responding to local emergency situations, most recently highlighted by the heavy wildfire destruction in Bastrop and Travis counties. ...
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Steiner Ranch, Spicewood, Leander fires mostly contained, officials say
Austin American-Statesman (blog)
By American-Statesman staff | Thursday, September 8, 2011, 06:00 PM As a wildfire in Bastrop County continues to burn, firefighters have made substantial progress containing blazes in other parts of Central Texas. The Steiner Ranch fire, ...
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 **12:50pm 9.8**
Shelter for estray/evacuated animals has been set up at Bastrop Rodeo Arena located American Legion Drive, Bastrop, TX, 78602

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9/7
**6:35pm**
The following statement was issued by AT&T: We at AT&T are saddened by the devastation caused by the recent wildfires in Bastrop and the surrounding counties. We stand ready to assist those in need during this natural disaster. If you have questions about how to temporarily suspend your home phone service, please call 1 800 288 2020, where AT&T employees are standing by ready to assist you.
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9/6
**11:30am**
WTF!!! (pardon me) Contract Dispute Grounds Firefighting Planes
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Forest Service reports 30% contained!!
**8:30am**
 DC-10 could begin drops today.  Single most destructive fire in Tx. history, larger than Possum Kingdom from just a few months ago... Bastrop Complex fire 0% contained as of 15min ago.
**9:00am**
Some reports say 25% contained others say a third contained. Conflicting reports from media.

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 DC-10 on the tarmac this morning at Austin/Bergstrom - Crews checking it out... 
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 Breaking News!!
Modified DC-10 Firefighter arrives at Austin/Bergstrom

Bless those guys and gals out there battling this event!! Thoughts and prayers with you!!  If you have information you'd like to get out there, or links to YouTube video you've taken, drop me a note Jeff@TexasOnlineRadio.com .  Thanks, check back soon...
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BREAKING NEWS!!!
 The "water dropper" heavyweight DC-10 has just arrived at Austin/Bergstrom. 8:40pm CDT 
Update 10:24pm CDT - - The DC-10 has arrived in Austin... from a friends post: Lori Schoen Seiler: "It was on the news at 9 (Ch.7). They said, "Some firefighting muscle has arrived." But, the pilots have to take a rest and the chemicals it drops haven't arrived yet. So, it won't be put into use until Friday."
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 UPDATE: 5:50pm CDT; 9.6.2011 - Bastrop County Office of Emergency states that officials are reporting 0% containment of the Bastrop Complex of fires.  The map below shows approximate fire perimeter.
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 Smoke plume of the Bastrop fire as seen from space 9.5.2011

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 Recent heat signature of the fires as seen from MODIS satellite; courtesy www.wildfiretoday.com .
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Austin firefighters helped fight Bastrop fire
KXAN.com
AFD sent engines and brush trucks to help. But that's not affecting "fire readiness" coverage here in Austin.
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Bastrop fire update
KXAN.com
Bastrop fire update at 12:33 pm Friday, Sept. 9.
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Politics holding up FEMA help?
KVUE
by KELI RABON / KVUE News BASTROP COUNTY, Texas -- While Bastrop fire victims scan lists of destroyed homes, waiting to see whether theirs will be added next, many are also waiting on help from the federal government. “Until the president declares it a ...
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Animals rescued from Bastrop fire
KXAN.com
So far, the Austin Humane Society has taken in more than 115 cats, dogs and other animals since the fire started. That includes a ferrett, a pig and a couple guinea fowls.
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AVFD deploys ambulance-bus to Bastrop fire
Your Houston News
The Atascocita Volunteer Fire Department lent a hand at the Bastrop fires by dispatching its ambulance-bus MPV 6-2. AVFD fire fighters returned from Bastrop with harrowing images of the destruction wildfires can leave in their wake. ...
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The entry titled "Firefighters had 'good night' in Bastrop; schools to reopen ...
Austin American-Statesman (blog)
There was confusion involving the air support, with some saying that the plane, which was moved here from California, would be used for the Bastrop fire. However, the plane is dedicated to be on call for any Texas fire, and at this time, Bastrop area ...
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Social media helps recovery efforts in Bastrop
KVUE
by JIM BERGAMO / KVUE News If you want proof of the impact social media is having in helping with the recovery efforts for the Bastrop fire, you need to look no further than Facebook. The destruction and devastation left by the Bastrop fires prompted ...
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One ManĂ‚¿s Mission to Help the Victims of the Bastrop Fires
39online.com
Officials are confident enough of their 30% containment that they have called off a DC-10 jetliner that was to drop 12000 gallons of fire retardant. Nearby, the Bastrop Community Center is choked with evacuees, donations and supplies. ...
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Two-day donation drive
KXAN.com
There are close to 1400 homes lost in the Bastrop Complex fire, but donation drives are already under way to help the wildfire survivors.
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Wildfires in Central Texas destroy nearly 1400 homes in Bastrop County, blazes ...
Washington Post
By AP, BASTROP, TexasWildfires have destroyed nearly 1400 homes in Central Texas where firefighters have been battling to get the blazes under control for days. Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Robbie Barrera says 1386 residential ...
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Texas wildfires as seen from space
Los Angeles Times
Fossum had asked Mission Control to update him about the fires, which have raged over thousands of acres in Central Texas since Sunday. "Did you guys confirm that the state park Bastrop is one of the directly affected areas with the fire in that region ...
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Laurent Cipriani / AP
Washington Post
Several large wildfires have been devastating Bastrop County for the last three days but are now 30 percent contained, according to the Texas Forest Service. Smoke billows up from a burning railroad trestle in Winchester Canyon, Idaho. ...
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Week in Photos 9/9
San Antonio Express
Smoke encroaches on Highway 71 in Bastrop, Texas Monday September 5, 2011 as wildfires continue to burn in the area. Photo: John Davenport/jdavenport@express-news.net / jdavenport@express-news.net Fire rages on Leisure Lane in a neighborhood near the ...
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BurnVille: Eery video of towns hit by wildfires in Texas
RT
As fire crews gain ground against one of the most destructive wildfires in Texas history, some residents of Bastrop county, who lost their houses to the flames, were gearing up on Wednesday to rebuild their homes. The blaze has left at least two people ...
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Perry, Romney discuss Texas wildfires head of Republican presidential debate
Washington Post
Firefighters are battling blazes across Texas. The most destructive is around Bastrop, about 25 miles from Austin. Firefighters have game some ground on that fire, which is the most destructive wildfires in Texas history. The blaze has left at least ...
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Plano firefighters help combat Bastrop wildfires
Lewisville Leader
Photo courtesy of the Texas Forest Service: A large wildfire near Bastrop has consumed more than 33000 acres. The Plano Fire Department has assisted in helping control the fire. By Bill Conrad, bconrad@acnpapers.com With some of the most severe fires ...
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Wildfires threaten Friday night lights in Central Texas
Yahoo! Sports (blog)
"It looks like a war zone out there," Bastrop (Texas) High football coach Gerald Perry told the American-Statesman. "We've got friends who have lost their homes. This is a daunting task. Football is about the furthest thing from my mind. ...
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Bastrop fire update -- Sept. 8, 2011, part 2
KXAN.com
Officials from Bastrop County give the public an update Thursday afternoon about re-entry and other information about the power situation.
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Bastrop fire burns 785 homes
KXAN.com
The 34000 acre wildfire is still burning in Bastrop.
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Local Red Cross volunteers to assist with Bastrop fire relief
Victoria Advocate
Walker said he knows there will be plenty to do, too, at the Bastrop fire. "I expect a lot of work. A lot of sweat," he said. "Thank God for a little bit cooler weather." As Walker and Griffin prepared to leave, May jokingly said, "You two youngsters ...
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Bastrop fire update - Sept. 8, 2011, part 1
KXAN.com
Afternoon press conference with officials from Bastrop County -- preconference newscast.
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Animals hurt in Bastrop fire being cared for
KXAN.com
Vets are seeing a lot of burned paw pads on animals from the wildfires. Others may have suffered some smoke inhalation. And most of them are scared and dirty - covered in ash.
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Time-lapse images of Bastrop fire
KVUE
This time-lapse footage of the Bastrop fire taken from Manor on Monday, courtesy of KVUE viewer David Rivenburg. It is 53 minutes compressed into 26 seconds for a speed factor of about 120x. Each frame was shot at 15 second intervals. ...
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Smoke from Bastrop wildfires drifts into Austin
UT The Daily Texan
Geological sciences professor Kerry Cook said winds from Tropical Storm Lee, which blew through Louisiana, brought smoke from the Bastrop fires as they drifted to the southwest. As of press time, firefighters have contained 30 percent of the Bastrop ...
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Bastrop fire victims waiting on FEMA
KVUE
Like the 1500 other Bastrop County families who have also lost their homes to the deadly fires, it's unclear when and if they will be receiving temporary housing or assistance from the federal government. “Let people know what's going on," Ballard said ...
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News Wrap: Bastrop Co. Blaze Destroys Nearly 1400 Homes
PBS NewsHour
State officials raised the count of destroyed homes to nearly 1400, all of them in Bastrop County, just east of Austin. As of today, the Bastrop fire was about 30 percent contained. At least 5000 people have been forced to flee that area, ...
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Obama Calls Gov. Perry About Texas Wildfires
Wall Street Journal (blog)
Rick Perry, on Wednesday to express concern over the wildfires ravaging the Lone Star State. Smoke from a wildfire hangs in the sky, Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2011, over Bastrop, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay) Mr. Obama called Mr. Perry just hours before the ...
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Texas wildfires claim 2 lives
Houston Chronicle
Meanwhile, a converted DC-10 jetliner capable of dropping 12000 gallons of fire retardant has arrived in Bastrop but remains sidelined because officials cannot find a qualified pilot to fly it. UPDATE: The wildfires have prompted Harris County Public ...
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Firefighters gain ground against Texas wildfire
Houston Chronicle
7, 2011, in Bastrop, Texas. Wildfires have destroyed more than 600 homes and blackened about 45 square miles in and around Bastrop. A search team on Wednesday will begin looking for more possible victims of the fire, which has killed two people and ...
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Perry leaves Texas wildfires, goes to GOP debate
The Associated Press
Calmer winds have helped authorities gain a measure of control of the largest blaze in Texas, the Bastrop-area fire that has charred more than 33000 acres and destroyed 800 homes. More than 170 wildfires have erupted in the past week across the Lone ...
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The Associated Press
Central Texas Wildfires
KUT News
By Nathan Bernier A news conference is underway updating people on the fire in Bastrop. You can follow the news conference here. By Nathan Bernier Want to see how fast fires can spread through the parched wilderness of Central Texas? ...
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Texas Baptists responding to Bastrop wildfires
Dallas Baptist Standard
By John Hall, Texas Baptist Communications BASTROP – As fires rage in Central Texas, Texas Baptists are stepping up to help those affected by the blazes and those who are combating the infernos. Volunteers with Texas Baptist Men's Tarrant Baptist ...
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Dewhurst to sign federal disaster request
Austin American-Statesman (blog)
David Dewhurst just announced that he will sign a disaster declaration request later today seeking expedited federal assistance for victims of wildfires in Bastrop County, Travis County and around Texas. At a press conference, Dewhurst — who is acting ...
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Local Black Hawk Choppers Fighting Texas Wildfires
KSAT San Antonio
SAN ANTONIO -- Some San Antonio-based Black Hawk helicopters and their crew members are helping in the battle against the gigantic wildfires in Bastrop County. Four of the military choppers lifted off from Martindale Army Airfield Wednesday, ...
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Bad News Is Now Official for Scorched Texas Town
New York Times
Nearly 21000 fires since last November have destroyed more than 1500 homes throughout the state, according to the Texas Forest Service. The Bastrop fire has been the worst so far, and as of Wednesday evening, the forest service said, it was still only ...
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Firefighters gain ground against Texas wildfire
San Jose Mercury News
In addition to the two victims in the Bastrop fire, the outbreak is blamed for two deaths elsewhere. Texas Task Force 1, a search team that was sent to New York following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and to New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane ...
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Larger Bastrop fire now 30% contained - 6 pm News
KXAN.com
Officials said at a late afternoon news conference that the number of homes destroyed in Bastrop, now put at 576, could double by the time officials finish surveying the scene.
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Officials: Bastrop fire has left smog over the county
Seguin Gazette-Enterprise
Victoria Koenig, Texas Forest Service Incident Management Team Public Information Officer, said Tuesday that the fire in Bastrop had slowed down but not stopped. "The Bastrop fire is still not contained. We've got an active fire that is 24 miles long ...
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Bastrop fire update 6:49 am Wednesday, Sept. 7
KXAN.com
Bastrop fire update 6:49 am Wednesday, Sept. 7.
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Katy fire department taking donations for Bastrop fire victims
Katy Times
Donations from Katy residents pile up in the lobby of the Katy Fire Department. The gifts go to help victims of wildfires around Bastrop and the firefighters trying to fight the blaze. Suggested donations include children's items like small toys, ...
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Grim search for victims continues in Bastrop
Austin American-Statesman
Pickering said the teams fanned out in western parts of the county first, where the Union Chapel fire burned homes, woods and grassland. Once that search was complete, they moved to the Bastrop fire east of the city, starting at the northern edge of ...
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Bastrop Fire Aid
KIII TV3
Relief workers and volunteers here in Corpus Christi and surrounding cities are sending people to the Bastrop area to do what they can. People there need all the help they can get. So far the local Red Cross has sent two people to Bastrop, ...
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Some firefighters witness the peril of the pines for the first time
Austin American-Statesman
Todd Jamison, a firefighter from Little Elm, said he rarely works fires like the Bastrop fire. The land is different in North Texas. "We don't have forest like this," he said. "We have grass." A forest fire presents a special set of concerns. ...
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Austin American-Statesman
Hardin County resources to help out in Bastrop Fire
KCEN-TV
By LaMar Holliday - email There's such a need for relief at the Bastrop fire zone and elsewhere that Hardin County resources are staging to go there to help. This is coming at a time where Hardin County leaders would be in a bind if a fire broke out in ...
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South Ector volunteers' help denied
Odessa American
As of Wednesday, the Bastrop fire is 30 percent contained after burning around 34000 acres and 785 houses, Reuters reported. Around 5000 people were evacuated from their homes and two people died from the fire.
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2 bodies found in Bastrop fires; Leander fire investigated as arson
Austin American-Statesman
By Steven Kreytak As wildfires continued to torch homes and the drought-stricken landscape across Central Texas on Tuesday, officials said two bodies had been found among the charred ruins of the fires in Bastrop County. Thousands remain under orders ...
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Austin American-Statesman
Texas Fires: 2 Dead as Blaze Burns 0 Percent Contained; Rick Perry Returns
Christian Post
On Sunday the Texas Forest Service officials responded to 63 new fires, including 22 large blazes, burning on over 32000 acres, Reuters reported. Service authorities said the Bastrop County Complex fire, which is 16 miles long, has now spread to 25000 ...
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Texas wildfires claim 2 lives
Houston Chronicle
The Bastrop County fire had burned 33089 acres of farmland and forest. The fire emptied 20 neighborhoods and left 4300 additional households without power, Texas Forest Service spokeswoman Victoria Koenig said. Closer to Houston, the three-county ...
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Busy Parent Briefing: 1000 Homes Destroyed So Far in Texas Wildfires
Babble (blog)
Flames in Bastrop, TX have burned more than 33000 acres since Sunday and “leaped through the tops of trees 40 feet high.” In the last week, 120000 acres have been lost to Texas wildfires CNN reports, and 3.5 million acres have burned in Texas since the ...
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Coming home to burnt-out, melted mess from Texas fires
CNN
(CNN) -- As Brian Martin viewed damage from wildfires in Bastrop, Texas, he heard the distant tat-tat-tat of exploding ammunition inside burning homes. When he found a blown shell casing, he took a picture. "I heard about 60, 70 rounds going off while ...
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Community rallies to help pets displaced by Texas wildfires
Examiner.com
Austin, TX -- The Texas wildfires have forced many to evacuate. The evacuations have not been limited to people, Sunday night the Bastrop Animal Shelter needed to be evacuated. It may seem impossible that a shelter with 160 animals could be evacuated ...
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Texas wildfires
San Antonio Express
Rick Perry holds a news conference to discuss wild fires in central Texas, Monday, Sept. 5, 2011, in Bastrop, Texas. A roaring wildfire raced unchecked Monday through rain-starved farm and ranchland in Texas, destroying nearly 500 homes during a rapid ...
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Rick Perry on Bastrop, Texas fire
The State Column
TIFMAS resources deployed in Central Texas include 18 command vehicles, 72 fire engines and 121 personnel. In the past seven days Texas Forest Service has responded to 181 fires that have burned more than 118400 acres, including new fires in Bastrop, ...
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Evacuees flee Texas wildfires, carrying what they can
Los Angeles Times
In Bastrop County, Texas, the site of the most destructive of the state's many fires, it's obvious why so much land is ablaze. Grassy medians and residential lawns have browned and yellowed, the result of little rain and weeks of scorching temperatures ...
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Salvation Army providing support services at central Texas wildfires
abc13.com
... are joining forces with Salvation Army staff from across the state of Texas in providing 24/7 assistance to firefighters battling wildfires that are estimated to have torched more than 25000 acres in Bastrop County, about 30 miles east of Austin. ...
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abc13.com
Central Texas Fires Update: Northwest Austin, Bastrop State Park
Austinist
Texas Parks and Wildlife has released a haunting video of the wildfire spreading through Bastrop State Park yesterday. According to TPW, all but 100 acres of the park have been hit by the fires. Contact the author of this article or email ...
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Spokesman: Perry plans to attend GOP debate
USA Today
In an appearance earlier today on CBS' The Early Show, the Texas governor said he did not know whether the wildfires would force him to skip the debate. He said that his focus is on the latest fires, including a devastating one in Bastrop County near ...
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USA Today
Bastrop Wildfires claims two lives
KVUE
by SHELTON GREEN / KVUE News Heavy winds finally died down in the Bastrop area Tuesday giving hundreds of firefighters from all over the state of Texas a much needed break. Michael Fisher with the Bastrop County Office of Emergency Management reports ...
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FEMA authorizes funds to fight Texas wildfires
KXXV News Channel 25
The fires have been burning in Bastrop, Montgomery, Travis, and Williamson Counties. As well as along the county lines of Grimes, Waller and Montgomery Counties. The addition of these seven latest Fire Management Assistance Grants (FMAGs) brings the ...
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State park, historical buildings, beloved pines hit hard by Bastrop fire
Austin American-Statesman
Flames have exploded pine trees, damaged forest in more than 95 percent of Bastrop State Park. As part of a technology change, commenting will not be available on some articles for a number of months. Read more about the change here. By Ben Wear Fire ...
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Pets rescued from Bastrop fire
KXAN.com
Staff and volunteers are working to reunite pets and owners starting Wednesday. All of the animals can now be adopted at a discount price.
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Bexar Fire Crews, SA Red Cross Respond To Bastrop Fire
KSAT San Antonio
SAN ANTONIO -- As area firefighters battle flames here at home, some have also been dispatched to help in Bastrop, where wildfires continue to burn out of control. First responders from San Antonio and Bexar County are now in Bastrop helping battle ...
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Texas fires kill 4, destroy more than 1000 homes
Rapid City Journal
And in Grimes County, about 40 miles northwest of Houston, a 3000-acre fire destroyed nearly two dozen homes and threatened hundreds more. Many of the buildings destroyed in the Bastrop fire were modest, single-story homes in housing developments. ...
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Smoke from massive Bastrop fire travels to our area
WOAI
SEGUIN, Texas - The smoke from those wildfires has not been just hanging around the Bastrop area. Winds have pushed much of that smoke across areas east of San Antonio causing air quality to deteriorate. The scope of the smoke has reached places like ...
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Bastrop fire update at 5 am Tuesday, Sept. 6
KXAN.com
Bastrop fire update at 5 am Tuesday, Sept. 6.
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Inside the Bastrop fire
KXAN.com
Inside the Bastrop fire.
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Smoke in New Braunfels coming from Bastrop fire
Herald Zeitung
The smoke residents are noticing in New Braunfels' skies is a result of a temperature inversion that is trapping smoke from a major wildfire in Bastrop, a spokeswoman for the New Braunfels Fire Department said Tuesday morning. ...
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Kyle couple seeks donations for Bastrop fire victims
Hays Free Press
A Kyle husband and wife are collecting donations for Bastrop fire victims today at City Square Park. The couple, Joe and Leslie Soto, are asking for water, clothing and shoes, new toiletries and nonperishable food. Joe said he will drive the items to ...
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Hays Free Press
Wildfires sweep across Texas, four dead
Reuters India
Three teenagers were being sought in connection to that fire, which officials said caused some $1.4 million damage. The Bastrop fire, located about 30 miles southeast of Austin, is the state's worst and it has destroyed some 550 homes, the most of any ...
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Tracking the Central Texas Wildfires
KUT News
“I have seen a number of big fires in my life. This one is as mean looking as I've ever seen, partly because it's so close to the city.” The blaze that erupted in Bastrop on Sunday has burned at least 25000 acres and destroyed 476 homes. Texas has ...
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Perry returns to Texas...Wildfires burn in Calif... Ga. deals with Lee
9&10 News
BASTROP, Texas (AP) — Texas Gov. Rick Perry says the wildfire burning in the central part of the state is "as mean looking" as he's ever seen. Perry left his presidential campaign today in South Carolina to return to Texas and deal with the fire, ...
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Perry: His EPA would be pro-business
Houston Chronicle
Rick Perry holds a news conference in Bastrop on Monday to discuss the wildfires raging in Central Texas. Photo: STF, Eric Gay / AP COLUMBIA, SC - Before he broke off campaigning in South Carolina about noon Monday, rushing back to Texas to monitor ...
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Tropical Storm Lee Weakens to Depression; Strong Winds Stoke Fires in Texas
Christian Post
Evacuations in Bastrop County, located east of Austin, Texas, and neighboring Travis County have been ordered as a result of the fires, Reuters reported. “We're a little on edge right now. We have several fires that we thought we had put out, ...
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South Central Texas Region Ravaged by Wildfires
KGNB 1420 AM
Evacuations were also underway yesterday in Bastrop County, the Steiner Ranch subdivision, Pflugerville, Spicewood, and several other areas in and around Austin, according to the American Statesman. The biggest of those fires, and the most destructive, ...
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KGNB 1420 AM
Local Red Cross sends volunteers to help with wildfire relief
Corpus Christi Caller Times
Wildfires have ravaged about 25000 acres near Bastrop and destroyed nearly 500 homes. Gov. Rick Perry on Sunday said officials from the Federal Emergency Management Agency will arrive on Wednesday. Wildfires have claimed 3.5 million acres in Texas ...
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Wild fires
39online.com
From down south to the west coast -- dry conditions are, literally, fueling the fires. For the second time in about a year -- fires in Travis, Pfluguerville, and Bastrop county -- have threatened about a-thousand homes and burned more than 14-hundred ...
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Smithville so far spared from the fire
Austin News
SMITHVILLE, Texas (KXAN) - Smoke from the fires ravaging the Bastrop area could been seen in Smithville, but by late Monday afternoon, none of those blazes have reached this town. The Smithville Recreation Center was taking in evacuees and providing ...
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Insurance companies expect rise in claims
Austin American-Statesman (blog)
As of Monday afternoon, State Farm policy holders in Central Texas had filed about 85 property claims, mostly in Bastrop County, Steiner Ranch and Hays County, said Patti Kelly, a spokeswoman for the state's largest insurer. ...
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Catastrophic fires burn thousands of acres, force evacuations across Central Texas
Austin American-Statesman
"It's catastrophic," Stanford said of the Bastrop County fire. "It's a major natural disaster." Forest Service spokeswoman Lexi Maxwell said that fire began about 2 pm in the Circle D subdivision off Texas 71. It merged with another fire north of there ...
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Austin American-Statesman
Shelters Open to Receive Evacuees From Central Texas Fires Austin Chronicle (blog) Check the Texas Forest Service's active fires map here. On Sunday afternoon, Austin Fire Department called in 25 off-duty firefighters to join the effort. Counties under continued wind advisories are Bastrop, Caldwell, De Witt, Fayette, Gonzales, ... See all stories on this topic »
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Texas A&M - Fire Response links - http://ticc.tamu.edu/Response/FireActivity/default.aspx Texas Storm Chasers has information posting regularly. Click here.  ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ...from KXAN Austin. ||| BASTROP: If you are in danger and cannot evacuate from this area...please call 911. Wildfires in Bastrop County forced Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative to relocate its control center to its backup location Sunday. Bluebonnet crews are cutting power to electric lines in advance of the fire so fire crews can work safely. "The safety of the firefighters and the public are our foremost concern," said Mark Rose, Bluebonnet's chief executive officer. "We are intentionally cutting power to areas in the path of the fire so emergency crews and residents evacuating won't have another hazard to deal with." 14,000 acres and growing, 0 % contained, avation estimates. Expecting losses to be siginificant, 4 shelters open Bastrop Middle School, Bastrop Church of Christ at 287 FM 20 is opening their doors to evacuees, for info call 512-303-4597. Smithville : First Baptist, Grace Lutheran, Smithville Recreation Center. Hwy 71 and 21 partial road closures, total closure south of fire. Fire started in Circle-D are around noon. Second fire North of that just South of 290. The fires spread and connected with each other. Subdivisions: Circle-D, K C Estates. Pine Forest, Colovista, Tahitian VIllage. The fire crossed the Colorado River in at least two palces. Firefighters are trying to hold the fire off at FM 2571. Extended evacuations south of FM 2571 in case in can't be hold 16 miles long 4 miles wide, spreading. Losses at this time undeterminded. Unable to conduct fire damage estimates because of fire heat, folks evacuated should check in at shelters. Officials will need evacuees to give them their name, contact information and address of property the evacuated from. Earlier today 3 retardent drops came in and assisted from Abileen. Agencies aiding the firefighting efforts are Bastrop, Smithville, Five Points, Heart of the Pine, Bluebonned Caide, Mc Dade, Elgin, 2-in-1, LCRA. State resources: TFS, Army National Guard, Teas Parks wildlife, DPS, Bastrop PD, Guardiona EMS. Third fire started in Colony. Officials say Highway 71 is completely shut down. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Bastrop Wildfires now 16 miles long and 4 miles wide--16,000 acres in flames. Texas Intrastate Fire Mutual Aid System has been activated. Resources across several states en route. 
BASTROP EVACUEES: For those of you who have evacuated, please call 512-581-4022 to report you're safe. #txfire #centraltxfire
ANY fire fighters in Central Texas that have fire fighting experience are strongly asked to call 512-978-1187 #txfire #centraltxfires
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