Posted September 08, 2011 - 07:22 AM
Bastrop County officials confirmed Thursday morning that 1,386 homes have been destroyed due to the wildfires that began on Sunday.
Officials said Wednesday that they have contained 30 percent of the larger Bastrop fire.
Rescuers have begun conducting house-by-house searches for potential fire victims, but so far, the death toll remains at two.
Thursday’s new number surges from previous reports based on tallies collected last night.
“That was the count as of last night,” said Mike Fisher, emergency management coordinator for Bastrop County. “We keep stressing that’s an estimate.”
Officials last night reached the tally after going “house by house and driveway by driveway,” Fisher said.
Posted September 08, 2011 - 07:33 AM
Posted September 08, 2011 - 07:55 AM
Hope you and the family are safe.
Posted September 08, 2011 - 08:38 AM
Posted September 08, 2011 - 10:50 AM
We're safe and sound. The large one in Bastrop is approximately 55 miles due south down Highway 95 from where we live and the large one at Ft. Hood is about 35 miles north west from us. We use our 22 acres for grazing but it is surrounded by plowed fields which should block anything that gets close on the east, west and north sides. If one comes from the south hopefully it doesn't jump the road. They brought in a DC10 tanker yesterday to fight the one in Bastrop but now they say it will be at least tomorrow before they can get fire retardant and a qualified pilot. We have kinfolk in that area but they were missed by about 1/2 mile and my sister-in-laws cousin and his daughter both lost their homes. The Feds. say help is on the way..............sometime. The winds are low again today so maybe they can gain more ground fighting it.