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Bastrop State Park Rebuilding After 2011 Wildfires

By Allen Manning, CBSDFW.com
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The wall of smoke during the Bastrop County wildfire in September.

BASTROP (CBSDFW.COM) – It’s been seven months since wildfires claimed 34,000 acres of forest and grasslands, 1,670 homes and two lives in and around the central Texas community of Bastrop.

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AUSTIN, TX - SEPTEMBER 6: Aerial view of burned area around Bastrop. TX Tuesday September 6, 2011. Several large wildfires have devastated Bastrop County since Sunday. (Photo by Erich Schlegel/Getty Images)

Now, recovering survivors are watching as fire season begins again.

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A tree ringed in blue signifies it was not terminally damaged by 2011's wildfires. (Allen Manning/CBSDFW)

Driving for mile after mile through blackened spires residents talk about the lingering scar on the land and how it cannot stop the rebuilding of their homes and precious woodlands from the fast moving September 2011 fires.

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Firefighters from the Coppell Fire Department hit hot spots ion a burned down house with water, as they work the wildfires in Bastrop, Texas on September 7, 2011.

Fallen trees are becoming lumber for new homes…

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Trees charred by the 2011 wildfires still stand in Bastrop State Park. (Allen Manning/CBSDFW)

While fences of charred trees ring Bastrop State park roads.

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A fence built from trees burned by the 2011 wildfires in Bastrop State Park. (Allen Manning/CBSDFW)

Park rangers say the woods are coming to life again.

New roofs on 1930s era Bastrop State park structures reflect the rebuilding efforts. Some park structures, still roofless line the recently paved roads of the park.

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1930s era buildings damaged by the 2011 wildfires still stand, but without their roofs. (Allen Manning/CBSDFW)

Little wildlife fills the void between sparse undergrowth.  Deer and other mammals are slower to return, but spring brings many of the grazing and browsing animals into the wide open landscape.

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A view of the regrowth at Bastrop State Park. (Allen Manning/CBSDFW)

“Fire remakes the forest and us,” reported one visitor to the park.

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A Little Elm Firefighter hoses off what's left of several homes ravaged by wildfires - Jay Gormley/CBS 11 News

With thousands of miles of Texas recovering from 2011’s fires, Bastrop is in the heart of the cleanup.

For more information on Bastrop State Park, check out their website from Texas Parks & Wildlife.

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