Authorities: 2 dead in massive Central Texas blaze
Tuesday, September 6, 2011
BASTROP, Texas (AP) -- Authorities say two people have died in a massive wildfire near Austin, Texas, that has destroyed 600 homes.
Bastrop County Sheriff Terry Pickering said Tuesday that he had no details about the deaths.
The Texas Forest Service said Tuesday morning that firefighters had not begun to contain the blaze and that it had scorched about 30,000 acres since it started on Sunday.
The fire about 30 miles southeast of the state capital was one of dozens throughout Texas that started over Labor Day weekend that were fanned by winds from Tropical Storm Lee.
Texas officials say more than 1,000 homes have been destroyed and more than 100,000 acres have burned in wildfires over the past week.