Rain Helps Containment Of Bastrop County Fire
by: Gail Delaughter, September 19, 2011 4:09:46 pm
Officials say weekend rain and cooler temperatures contributed to the improved firefighting conditions in the area east of Austin.
Wildfires that broke out Labor Day weekend blackened more than 34-thousand acres and forced thousands of residents to evacuate. Hundreds of homes were destroyed and two people were killed.
Actor Jack Black filmed a movie in Bastrop last year and he was in the area over the weekend to visit some of the families who lost their homes. Black was joined by director Richard Linklater, who lives in Austin but whose home in Bastrop was destroyed.