Some re­turn home in fire-rav­aged area

The Washington Post Sunday - - POLITICS & THE NATION - — As­so­ci­ated Press

Fire­fight­ers in cen­tral Texas are half­way to con­trol­ling a wild­fire that has de­stroyed dozens of homes, and author­i­ties said Satur­day that some res­i­dents have re­turned to their neigh­bor­hoods.

The Hid­den Pines fire has con­sumed about 4,600 acres and razed nearly 50 homes and seven busi­nesses, most of them just north of Buescher State Park.

Bas­trop County Judge Paul Pape said dur­ing a news con­fer­ence Satur­day that the fire is about 50 per­cent con­tained and that the blaze had not spread.

“It has been a good day in the bat­tle,” he said.

About 200 fire­fight­ers from across the state have bat­tled the blaze dur­ing day­light, and a DC10 jet tanker flown in from Ten­nessee that dropped nearly 12,000 gal­lons of re­tar­dant Fri­day was ef­fec­tive in clos­ing gaps in the fire line.

Pape said some would be al­lowed to re­turn to their homes Satur­day evening and Sun­day morn­ing. Power was al­ready be­ing re­stored in some ar­eas.

No in­juries have been re­ported since the fire be­gan Tues­day. A pre­lim­i­nary in­ves­ti­ga­tion has de­ter­mined that a farmer mis­tak­enly started the fire as he dragged a shred­der through tall grass, caus­ing an over­heated bear­ing to ig­nite grass clip­pings.

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