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Wildfires in Texas area 30 percent contained

 Brothers Ben, left, and Nathan Clements survey their fire-destroyed home, Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2011, in Bastrop, Texas. The Clements lost their home to ...
 Dave Bailey looks through the ashes of his home that was destroyed by wildfires, Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2011, in Bastrop, Texas.   More than 1,000 homes h...
 Sisters Laura, left, and Michelle Clements survey their fire-destroyed home, Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2011, in Bastrop, Texas. The Clements lost their home ...
 Car collector John Chapman surveys the losses at his home, Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2011, in Bastrop, Texas. Chapman lost more than 175 cars to the wildfire...
 Willie Clements surveys his fire-destroyed home, Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2011, in Bastrop, Texas. Clements lost his home to fires Monday. More than 1,000 h...
 Car collector John Chapman surveys the losses at his home, Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2011, in Bastrop, Texas. Chapman lost more than 175 cars to the wildfire...
 This photo provided by Texas Parks and Wildlife shows a fire burning in Bastrop State Park in Bastrop, Texas. More than 1,000 homes have been destroy...
 This photo provided by Texas Parks and Wildlife shows the remains of a home burned in the Colovista area of Bastrop, Texas. More than 1,000 homes hav...
 Fire damage is seen in an aerial image taken over the wildfires in the Bastrop, Texas area Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2011.   More than 1,000 homes have been ...
 Laura Clements, left, and brother Ben, survey their fire-destroyed home, Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2011, in Bastrop, Texas. The Clements lost their home to f...
 Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who cut short a presidential campaign trip to South Carolina to return to help oversee firefighting efforts in Texas, speaks d...

Texas Wildfires

Brothers Ben, left, and Nathan Clements survey their fire-destroyed home, Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2011, in Bastrop, Texas. The Clements lost their home to ...

Texas Wildfires

Dave Bailey looks through the ashes of his home that was destroyed by wildfires, Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2011, in Bastrop, Texas. More than 1,000 homes h...

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Sisters Laura, left, and Michelle Clements survey their fire-destroyed home, Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2011, in Bastrop, Texas. The Clements lost their home ...

Texas Wildfires

Car collector John Chapman surveys the losses at his home, Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2011, in Bastrop, Texas. Chapman lost more than 175 cars to the wildfire...

Texas Wildfires

Willie Clements surveys his fire-destroyed home, Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2011, in Bastrop, Texas. Clements lost his home to fires Monday. More than 1,000 h...

Texas Wildfires

Car collector John Chapman surveys the losses at his home, Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2011, in Bastrop, Texas. Chapman lost more than 175 cars to the wildfire...

Texas Wildfires

This photo provided by Texas Parks and Wildlife shows a fire burning in Bastrop State Park in Bastrop, Texas. More than 1,000 homes have been destroy...

Texas Wildfires

This photo provided by Texas Parks and Wildlife shows the remains of a home burned in the Colovista area of Bastrop, Texas. More than 1,000 homes hav...

Texas Wildfires

Fire damage is seen in an aerial image taken over the wildfires in the Bastrop, Texas area Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2011. More than 1,000 homes have been ...

Texas Wildfires

Laura Clements, left, and brother Ben, survey their fire-destroyed home, Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2011, in Bastrop, Texas. The Clements lost their home to f...

Texas Wildfires

Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who cut short a presidential campaign trip to South Carolina to return to help oversee firefighting efforts in Texas, speaks d...

The Texas Forest Service says massive wildfires near the state capital of Austin are 30 percent contained.
Agency spokeswoman April Saginor says lighter winds have helped firefighting efforts in Bastrop County, where blazes have destroyed more than 600 homes and blackened about 45 square miles (115 sq. kilometers).
Saginor says the weather conditions mean Wednesday "should be a good day for" those battling the wildfires.
The National Weather Service says Bastrop will experience northeast winds up to 10 mph (16 kph).
At least 11 other fires exceeding 1,000 acres (400 hectares) blazed Tuesday in Texas. The disaster is blamed largely on a yearlong drought, one of the most severe dry spells the state has ever seen. The Bastrop County fire is the state's most devastating wildfire in over a decade.


Updated : 2021-01-18 22:16 GMT+08:00