Another Wildfire Burns In Central Texas

BASTROP (AP) – Firefighters made progress overnight battling a wildfire in the same Central Texas county where a destructive blaze last month destroyed more than 1,500 homes.

Texas Forest Service spokesman John Nichols said early Wednesday morning that with winds and temperatures down overnight and humidity up, “the conditions were right for them to keep a pretty good handle on it.”

Containment was still officially at about 25 percent, but he expected that percentage to be increased later Wednesday morning. He said the blaze has burned about 1,000 acres.

The fire forced 50 homes to be evacuated as a precaution, but has not yet burned any structures.

Historic drought conditions in Texas have led to a rash of wildfires that have burned hundreds of thousands of acres over the last several months.

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