10 homes destroyed, dozens evacuated in Bastrop

10 homes destroyed, dozens evacuated in Bastrop

28 February 2009

published by www.chron.com

USA — A massive wildfire has destroyed at least 10 homes in Bastrop County, just north of the Colorado River, officials said.

The fire, caused by downed powerlines, has spread over 400 acres since it sparked around 12:30 p.m, authorities said. About 50 homes have been evacuated, according to officials with the Texas Forest Service.

In addition, four vehicles and two businesses have been destroyed.

Flames and smoke have prompted evacuations and highway closures across the Bastrop and Smithville areas. Emergency officials are also working to rescue  livestock and other animals, according to news reports.

High winds and serious drought conditions have made it difficult to extinguish the fire, which is about 40 percent contained, according to the Texas Forest Service. Two National Guard helicopters are on the scene, in addition to dozens of other emergency vehicles.

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