Dramatic Photos: 2011 Texas Wildfires

Firefighters tried to control a wind-fueled wildfire that destroyed 800 homes and more than 33,000 acres in Central Texas in 2011.

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Montgomery Fire Firefighter, Reed Griffith crosses the fire south of Todd Mission, Texas in Waller County during a 2011 Wildfire. Click to see more dramatic photos from fire scenes around the state.
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Jinnifer Way tries to coral skittish horses in order to take them out of the fire zone at Ponderosa Paints ranch near Bastrop, Texas. Way along with the owner of the ranch helped catch and transport some 23 animals that had taken refuge from the nearby wildfires.
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Charles Jones looks off into the distance as a wildfire moves closer to his home on County Road 1662 near Linden, Texas.
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Flames shoot up from a rapidly spreading wildfire south of Linden, Texas.
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Acres of wildfires smolder in Cass County, Texas on Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2011.
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Firefighters put out hot spots on a grass fire off Foster School Road near Needville Texas.
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Courtney Hughes sits in the family car as they decide where they will be spending night as residents along Kickapoo Road. are under a mandatory evacuation in Waller County, Texas.
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Smoke fills the air as a firefighter walks towards homes in Waller County as fire crews continued to battle a large wildfire for the third day in Magnolia, Texas.
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Magnolia Mayor Todd Kana surveys the remnants of a home destroyed by wildfire Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2011 in the Ranch Crest subdivision of Magnolia, Texas.
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A park and playground sustains damage from a wildfire in the Ranch Crest subdivision of Magnolia, Texas.
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Angel Wagnon checks her phone for information on nearby wildfires in Todd Mission, Texas.
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A barn behind a home is on fire south of Todd Mission, Texas Wednesday.
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Donated water for firefighters is seen at the convention center in Bastrop, Texas.
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Acres of wildfires still smolder as smoke is visible for miles Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2011 near Linden, Texas.
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Ken Smeltzer, right, hugs neighbor Heather Lutz, center, outside Steiner Ranch, Texas. More than 1,000 homes have been destroyed in at least 57 wildfires across rain-starved Texas. Click to see more dramatic photos from the fire scenes.
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Acres of wildfires still smolder as smoke is visible for miles Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2011 near Linden, Texas.
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Smoke hangs as the sun rises over Bastrop,Texas, Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2011. Low winds and better weather are giving firefighters opportunity to get a handle of the wildfires that have devastated central Texas.
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This photo provided by Texas Parks and Wildlife shows a fire burning in Bastrop State Park in Bastrop, Texas.
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Smoke from a wildfire hangs over a field of cattle, Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2011, in Bastrop, Texas.
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A home-made sign is seen outside the Bastrop Fire Station, Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2011, in Bastrop, Texas.
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A wildfire burns in Bastrop State Park.
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In this aerial photo, burned out houses and cars are seen near Magnolia, Texas. More than 1,000 homes have been destroyed in at least 57 wildfires across rain-starved Texas, most of them in one devastating blaze near Austin that is still raging out of control.
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Tammy Heath spreads dirt on the smoldering ground in an attempt to keep a fire from jumping a fire break in Linden, Texas.
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A large wildfire burns near Magnolia, Texas. More than 1,000 homes have been destroyed in at least 57 wildfires across rain-starved Texas.
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A wildfire burns in the forest behind homes near Magnolia, Texas.
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Wildfire smoke billows behind a home in the Crown Ranch subdivision near Montgomery, Texas.
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A volunteer firefighter uses a rake to extinguish flames on the front lines of a massive wildfire near Lilbert, Texas.
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Willie Clements surveys his fire-destroyed home in Bastrop, Texas.
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Hayden Wilhelm, left, sprays water on hot spots at a neighbors home that burned when wildfires swept through the area near Bastrop, Texas.
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Flames from a gas pipe continue to burn at a home that caught fire when wildfires swept through Bastrop, Texas.
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Smoke from a wildfire hangs in the sky, Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2011, in Bastrop, Texas.
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A melted lamp post stands next to the remains of a house off of Texas State Highway 21.
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A house burns off of Texas State Highway 21. One of the most destructive wildfires in Texas history is plowing across rain-starved grasslands now littered with hundreds of charred homes.
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Paul Sandberg stands on the remains of the more than 30-year-old house that he built outside the city of Bastrop, Texas.
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A family of volunteers from Austin, Texas, helps organize and sort donated clothing outside of the Ascension Catholic Church in Bastop, Texas. The church has become one of the main relief centers for evacuees displaced by wildfires.
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Lisa Trammell carries out dog food and other belongings after a mandatory evacuation was issued in Linden, Texas due to devastating wildfire outbreaks in the area.
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A statue of a woman holding a water bucket stands in front of the remnants of a burned down home on the east side of Lake Bastop.
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A large wildfire, on Highway 71 near Smithville, Texas, burns piles of lumber and ranch posts. A roaring wildfire raced unchecked 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. Click to see more dramatic photos.
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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.
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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.
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Volunteer fire fighters work to contain a wildfire on in Graford, Texas. More than 6,500 acres and more than 45 homes in the area have burned.
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A large wildfire burns along Highway 71 near Smithville, Texas as a bulldozer from the Texas Forest Service arrives to help fight the roaring wildfire.
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Patricia Bloodworth-Neville embraces her daughter Bailey Neville, 12, while watching a wildfire consume land around their home in the Bluebonnet Acres in Texas Bastrop County, Texas.
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Patricia Bloodworth-Neville sobs inside the Bluebonnet Volunteer Fire Station in Bastrop County, Texas. A roaring wildfire raced unchecked through rain-starved farm and ranchland in Texas.
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A series of large wildfires as seen heading east approaching Bastrop, Texas on Highway 71 Monday.
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Gov. Rick Perry holds a news conference to discuss wild fires in central Texas, Monday, Sept. 5, 2011, in Bastrop, Texas.
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Texas Gov. Rick Perry, right, examines a map of Bastrop County during a fire briefing by county officials in Bastrop, Texas, Monday.
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Residents were evacuated as a wild fire threatens the area near Sleepy Hollow Road and Post Oak Drive in Conroe, Texas.
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Students from a local 4-H group drop off bottled water for firefighers and displaced residents at Magnolia High School where residents evacuated from their homes near a 300-acre wild fire gathered Monday in Magnolia, Texas.
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Jack Novak, in red, head pastor with The Grove church, leads a prayer outside Magnolia High School where residents evacuated from their homes near a 300-acre wild fire gathered in Magnolia, Texas. Nearly 8,000 residents were evacuated from their homes. (AP Photo/The Courier, Eric S. Swist)
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Residents evacuate their animals as a wild fire threatens the area near Sleepy Hollow Road and Post Oak Drive in Conroe, Texas. (AP Photo/The Courier, Karl Anderson)
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A tanker airplane drops fire retardant on a wildfire in Graford, Texas. More than 6,500 acres and more than 45 homes in the area have burned in the area.
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A wildfire burns in Bastrop, Texas County, near the Bluebonnet Acres neighborhood.
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A helicopter drops water on a wildfire in Bastrop County, Texas.
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Firefighters from the Coppell Fire Department, who traveled from the Dallas/ Fort Worth area help contain a brush fire around the property of Mount Pleasant Missionary Baptist Church in Cedar Creek, Texas. The wildfires in central Texas have burned 25,000 acres in Bastrop County alone.
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Firefighters from the Coppell Fire Department watch as an S-64 Skycrane helicopter drops a fire retardant to help contain a wildfire burning through parts of Cedar Creek, Texas.
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Wild fires continued to burn Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2011 near Possum Kingdom Lake, Texas.
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