Wildfire Closes in on Austin, Texas [VIDEO]
In Bastrop, Texas, Firefighters from all over the state are trying desperately to control a wind-fueled wildfire that has already reduced nearly 500 homes in Central Texas to ashes. Friends and family near ground Zero outside of Austin tell us there have been a few hours of diminished winds that was a break but that was way too short. A good portion of Texas has suffered from no significant rainfall for a year now, and for the past few days the consequences of that are being seen in Bastrop and other areas of Central Texas. Since last December, wildfires have burnt over 3.6 million acres of Texas, which is an area the size of Connecticut. Much like the rest of the state, there is no rainfall in the forecast for the foreseeable future in Bastrop. The Texas Forest Service put out statement saying, "This is unprecedented fire behavior. No one on the face of this Earth has ever fought fires in these extreme conditions." Officials this morning said that there is no containment for right now.