Wildfires in Texas slowing down, some being contained
POSTED: Thursday, September 8, 2011 - 3:00pm
UPDATED: Thursday, September 8, 2011 - 3:40pm
NBC NEWS —
Firefighters in Texas continue to battle the multiple fires, but there has been some progress today.
Two days of milder weather has allowed firefighters to contain part of the most destructive fire just outside of Austin.
In some locations, firefighters are now able to start planning rather than just fending off the flames. Even though they're getting a handle on some of the fires, there's still a ton of damage.
The Bastrop fire is about 30% contained; team leaders say they'll take advantage of the calm weather conditions.
Firefighters across Texas face a long battle ahead. More than 170 fires have broken out over the last seven days. Crews from as far away as California and Oregon and working around the clock.