Wildfires continue to burn across Texas; NFPA's Firewise Communities web site offers resources, information

Blog Post created by mikehazell Employee on Sep 6, 2011

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Flames creep toward a house in Bastrop's Tahitian Village neighborhood Monday. Planes later dumped fire retardant on the home, which was still standing mid-Monday. Nearly 500 homes in Bastrop had been destroyed. Photo: Jay Jenner/AMERICAN-STATESMAN

Dozens of wildland fires continue to burn out of control in Texas. According to a report on CNN.com, more than 60 new fires erupted over the weekend. The report says that hot, dry weather, coupled with a historic drought, have made conditions ripe for rapid fire growth. The Austin Statesman reports that in Bastrop County, about 30 miles southeast of Austin, authorities have raised early estimates of the number of destroyed homes from 300 to nearly 500.

NFPA’s Firewise Communities web site offers a wealth of information about wildlfires, including frequently asked questions, evacuation planning, and videos on how to make your home safer from fire.

- Mike Hazell