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.