New Bastrop Road Fire 75 Percent Contained
Flames shoot up from a rapidly spreading wildfire south of Linden, Texas on Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2011. Firefighters gained ground Wednesday against one of the most destructive wildfires in Texas history even as the number of homes lost reached almost 800, and an elite search team set out to find any victims in the smoking ruins. (AP Photo/ The Texarkana Gazette,Adam Sacasa)
The new wildfire burning in Bastrop County, where an out-of-control inferno destroyed more than 1,5000 homes in September, is now 75 percent contained, the Texas Forest Service says.
The current fire, dubbed the Old Potato Road, was thought to have burned more than 1,000 acres Wednesday. On Thursday, that number has been reduced to 320 acres.
According to the TFS, evacuation orders for the Oak Hill, Cemetery Road, Cody Lane and Crape Myrtle Drive areas were lifted at 6 p.m. Wednesday. Herron Trl, however, is still closed.
The fire is burning in heavy fules approximately 7 miles northeast of Bastrop.
Published at 4:45 PM CDT on Oct 6, 2011