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FEMA Trailers Arrive for Bastrop Wildfire Victims

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    Willie Clements surveys his fire-destroyed home, Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2011, in Bastrop, Texas. Clements lost his home to fires Monday. More than 1,000 homes have burned in at least 57 wildfires across rain-starved Texas, officials said Tuesday. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

    The government has started providing trailers to families needing housing after their homes burned during Central Texas wildfires.

    The first temporary housing units arrived this week in Bastrop County, courtesy of the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

    FEMA spokesman Ray Perez said Wednesday that the trailers will be available for up to 18 months.

    More than 1,500 homes were destroyed during wildfires that began Labor Day weekend in the Bastrop area, about 30 miles east of Austin.

    Eligible residents need to apply to be considered for FEMA housing assistance. Two- and three-bedroom trailers are available.