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Texas Wildfires Up to $250M in Insured Losses

Wednesday, Aug 15, 2012  |  Updated 11:37 AM CDT
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Firefighters from around the state battle a large wildfire on Highway 71 near Smithville, Texas, Monday, Sep. 5, 2011. A roaring wildfire raced unchecked Monday through rain-starved farm and ranchland in Texas, destroying nearly 500 homes during a rapid advance fanned in part by howling winds from the remnants of Tropical Storm Lee. (AP Photo/Erich Schlegel)

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An industry group says insured losses from a week of Texas wildfires could reach $250 million.

The Insurance Council of Texas on Monday offered the estimate for more than 180 wildfires reported statewide since Labor Day weekend.

The nonprofit organization said insured losses from fires in Bastrop County could reach $150 million where fire has consumed more than 34,068 acres and 1,554 homes.

A wildfires disaster recovery center, where residents can seek government assistance, opens Tuesday in Bastrop and replaces a mobile facility.

Wildfire evacuees north of Houston also have more resources available for housing. The nonprofit Texas Disaster Relief Fund on Monday night announced money is available for hotel vouchers for displaced residents of Grimes, Montgomery and Waller counties. Volunteers from Brazos County Community Action Agency Inc. began accepting applications Tuesday.

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