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Texas Receives $31 Million for Wildfire Recovery

Majority of the money will go to Bastrop County

Wednesday, Aug 15, 2012  |  Updated 11:37 AM CDT
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Texas Receives $31 Million for Wildfire Recovery

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A house burns off of Texas State Highway 21, Tuesday afternoon Sept. 6, 2011. One of the most destructive wildfires in Texas history is plowing across rain-starved grasslands now littered with hundreds of charred homes. (AP Photo/Ryan Edwards/The Daily Texan)

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The federal government has earmarked $31 million for Texas wildfires recovery with most of the money going to devastated Bastrop County.

Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan on Friday announced the Texas share as part of $400 million in nationwide natural disaster assistance.

Community development block grants will help pay for housing, business and infrastructure needs beyond other public and private help.

HUD said at least 80 percent of the Texas grants are for the Bastrop area, 30 miles east of Austin. The drought-fed and wind-driven fire that began Labor Day weekend left two people dead and destroyed about 1,500 homes.

The Texas Forest Service says last year's wildfire season was the worst in state history, destroying nearly 4 million acres. About 4,000 structures were lost. Ten people died. 

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