Rain Helps Containment Of Bastrop County Fire

The Texas Forest Service says wildfires that began more than two weeks ago in Bastrop County have been 95 percent contained.


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Officials say weekend rain and cooler temperatures contributed to the improved firefighting conditions in the area east of Austin. 

Wildfires that broke out Labor Day weekend blackened more than 34-thousand acres and forced thousands of residents to evacuate.  Hundreds of homes were destroyed and two people were killed.

Actor Jack Black filmed a movie in Bastrop last year and he was in the area over the weekend to visit some of the families who lost their homes. Black was joined by director Richard Linklater, who lives in Austin but whose home in Bastrop was destroyed. 

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Gail Delaughter

Gail Delaughter

Transportation Reporter

From early-morning interviews with commuters to walks through muddy construction sites, Gail covers all aspects of getting around Houston. That includes walking, driving, cycling, taking the bus, and occasionally flying. Before she became transportation reporter in 2011, Gail hosted weekend programs for Houston Public Media. She's also covered courts in...

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