Wildfires claim more lives in Texas
POSTED: Wednesday, September 7, 2011 - 10:16am
UPDATED: Wednesday, September 7, 2011 - 4:36pm
NBC National News — One of the worst outbreaks of wildfires in Texas history continues this morning.
At least four people have been killed and more than 1,000 homes have been destroyed statewide, hundreds of those are located on the outskirts of the state capital of Austin.
A team of more than 1,200 firefighters is hoping another day with light winds will help them stop a massive wildfire in Bastrop County that's 18 miles long, five miles wide and growing.
The Bastrop fire, burning just outside Austin, has already destroyed more than 500 homes.
More than 5,000 people are living in shelters, many watching the fire from a distance, and wondering if they'll ever go home.
Many evacuees huddle around sheriff's deputies and local officials looking for information and answers.
"We don't know if we've got a house to go home to, we don't know anything.. we can't find information, the map's not really telling anything," says evacuee Kim Nespit.
While fire crews battle the flames around the clock, the fire continues to shift and turn across the parched texas landscape.