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Authorities: 2 dead in massive Central Texas blaze

 Helicopters and air tanker planes combined to fights a series of large wildfires around Bastrop, Texas, Monday, Sep. 5, 2011.  A roaring wildfire rac...
 Firefighters from around the state battle a large wildfire on Highway 71 near Smithville, Texas, Monday, Sep. 5, 2011.  A roaring wildfire raced unch...
 Firefighters from Smithville Fire Department battle a large wildfire on Highway 71 near Smithville, Texas, Monday, Sep. 5, 2011.  A roaring wildfire ...
 A series of large wildfires as seen heading east approaching Bastrop, Texas  on Highway 71 Monday, Sep. 5, 2011.  A roaring wildfire raced unchecked ...
 Firefighters from around the state battle a large wildfire on Highway 71 near Smithville, Texas, Monday, Sep. 5, 2011.  A roaring wildfire raced unch...
 A large wildfire on Highway 71 near Smithville, Texas, Monday, Sep. 5, 2011 burns piles of lumber and ranch posts.  A roaring wildfire raced unchecke...
 Gov. Rick Perry holds a news conference to discuss wild fires in central Texas, Monday, Sept. 5, 2011, in Bastrop, Texas.   A roaring wildfire raced ...
 Smoke from a wildfire hangs in the sky, Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2011, in Bastrop, Texas. Officials hope that calmer winds Tuesday will help firefighters ba...
 Hayden Wilhelm sprays water on hot spots at a neighbors home that burned when wildfires swept through the area, Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2011, in Bastrop, T...
 Flames from a gas pipe continue to burn at a home that caught fire when wildfires swept through the area, Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2011, in Bastrop, Texas. ...
 Hayden Wilhelm, left, sprays water on hot spots at a neighbors home that burned when wildfires swept through the area, Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2011, in Bas...

Texas Wildfires

Helicopters and air tanker planes combined to fights a series of large wildfires around Bastrop, Texas, Monday, Sep. 5, 2011. A roaring wildfire rac...

Texas Wildfires

Firefighters from around the state battle a large wildfire on Highway 71 near Smithville, Texas, Monday, Sep. 5, 2011. A roaring wildfire raced unch...

Texas Wildfires

Firefighters from Smithville Fire Department battle a large wildfire on Highway 71 near Smithville, Texas, Monday, Sep. 5, 2011. A roaring wildfire ...

APTOPIX Texas Wildfires

A series of large wildfires as seen heading east approaching Bastrop, Texas on Highway 71 Monday, Sep. 5, 2011. A roaring wildfire raced unchecked ...

APTOPIX Texas Wildfires

Firefighters from around the state battle a large wildfire on Highway 71 near Smithville, Texas, Monday, Sep. 5, 2011. A roaring wildfire raced unch...

APTOPIX Texas Wildfires

A large wildfire on Highway 71 near Smithville, Texas, Monday, Sep. 5, 2011 burns piles of lumber and ranch posts. A roaring wildfire raced unchecke...

APTOPIX Texas Wildfires Perry

Gov. Rick Perry holds a news conference to discuss wild fires in central Texas, Monday, Sept. 5, 2011, in Bastrop, Texas. A roaring wildfire raced ...

APTOPIX Texas Wildfires

Smoke from a wildfire hangs in the sky, Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2011, in Bastrop, Texas. Officials hope that calmer winds Tuesday will help firefighters ba...

APTOPIX Texas Wildfires

Hayden Wilhelm sprays water on hot spots at a neighbors home that burned when wildfires swept through the area, Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2011, in Bastrop, T...

Texas Wildfires

Flames from a gas pipe continue to burn at a home that caught fire when wildfires swept through the area, Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2011, in Bastrop, Texas. ...

Texas Wildfires

Hayden Wilhelm, left, sprays water on hot spots at a neighbors home that burned when wildfires swept through the area, Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2011, in Bas...

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 he had no details about the deaths.
The Texas Forest Service said firefighters had not begun to contain the blaze and that it had scorched about 30,000 acres (12,140 hectares) since Sunday.
The fire 30 miles (48 kilometers) southeast of the state capital was one of dozens throughout Texas fanned by winds from Tropical Storm Lee.
Texas officials say more than 1,000 homes have been destroyed and more than 100,000 acres (40,469 hectares) burned over the past week.
A 20-year-old woman and her 18-month-old daughter were killed Sunday in an East Texas blaze.


Updated : 2021-02-26 20:45 GMT+08:00