1554 homes destroyed in Texas bushfire

1554 homes destroyed in Texas bushfire

12 September 2011

published by www.skynews.com.au

USA — Texas officials say the number of homes destroyed by a massive bushfire raging east of Austin has risen to 1554 and 17 people are unaccounted for.

Bastrop County Sheriff Terry Pickering says the missing people could simply be out of town, but authorities have been unable to contact them.

The blaze in Bastrop erupted a week ago when blustering winds whipped up by Tropical Storm Lee blew over parched, drought-stricken Texas.

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