BASTROP, Texas (AP) - A wildfire fueled by grass, brush and
trees has destroyed at least 25 homes and three businesses in
Officials say two National Guard helicopters joined other
aircraft Sunday in dropping water on the blaze near the towns of
Bastrop and Smithville.
Gov. Rick Perry has activated state resources, including four
Blackhawk helicopters equipped to drop water and fire retardant,
firefighters and equipment.
The wildfire has charred just over a square mile since it was
started Saturday by a fallen power line.
Texas Forest Service spokesman Lewis Kearney says the fire is
about 70 percent contained and that no additional structures are
Residents who were evacuated during the night were being
escorted back into the area Sunday to identify their property.
Bastrop is about 30 miles southeast of Austin.