News

Central Texas Wildfires Nearly Contained

View Comments

Get Breaking News First

Receive News, Politics, and Entertainment Headlines Each Morning.
Sign Up

From Our CBS Music Web Sites

185992939 10 Central Texas Wildfires Nearly ContainedHot Halloween Costumes

3258814 Central Texas Wildfires Nearly ContainedTop 10 Horror Films

 alt=Musicians Then And Now

452359772 10 Central Texas Wildfires Nearly ContainedBikinis Because We're Missing Summer

 alt=Celebrities And Their Dogs

cowb thumb Central Texas Wildfires Nearly ContainedCowboys Cheerleaders

BASTROP (AP) - The Texas Forest Service says wildfires that began more than two weeks ago in Bastrop County have been 95 percent contained.

Officials say weekend rain and cooler temperatures contributed to the improved firefighting conditions in the area about 25 miles east of Austin.

Wildfires that broke out Labor Day weekend blackened more than 34,000 acres and forced thousands of residents to evacuate. Hundreds of homes were destroyed in fires blamed for two deaths.

Actor Jack Black, who last year filmed a movie in Bastrop, returned Sunday to tour the wildfire-damaged community and visit with some families who lost their homes. Black was joined by director Richard Linklater, who lives in Austin but whose house in Bastrop was destroyed.

(© Copyright 2011 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

View Comments