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Catastrophic fires burn thousands of acres, force evacuations across Central Texas
Posted By yihan On September 5, 2011 @ 8:18 am In Featured Stories,Tile,U.S. News | Comments Disabled
Patrick George, Andrea Ball and Melissa Taboada
AUSTIN-AMERICAN STATESMAN 
Monday, September 5, 2011
In a summer where brush fires have become a near-daily occurrence, firefighting officials said the multiple wildfires that raged across Central Texas on Sunday were the worst the region has seen all year.
Numerous wind-driven fires pushed fire departments to their limits and forced evacuations in Bastrop County, the Steiner Ranch subdivision, Pflugerville, Spicewood and other areas. Scores of residents were left wondering whether they had homes to return to as many of the fires continued to burn Sunday night.
The largest and most destructive fire was in Bastrop County, where a blaze burned 14,000 acres and grew to an estimated 16 miles long by the end of the day, said Mark Stanford, fire chief of the Texas Forest Service.
“It’s catastrophic,” Stanford said of the Bastrop County fire. “It’s a major natural disaster.”
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