Central Texas wildfire forces evacuation of more than 400 homes

Reuters News
Posted: Oct 16, 2015 10:50 AM

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - Residents have been forced to evacuate more than 400 homes due to a wildfire in central Texas that has destroyed more than 30 structures and prompted Governor Greg Abbott to declare a state of disaster, officials said on Friday.

With a large air tanker designed to fight wildfires and more resources on their way to Bastrop County, east of Austin, authorities said they hoped to bring under control the so-called Hidden Pines fire that has burned 4,383 acres and is only 25 percent contained.

Additional firefighters were on their way to battle the blaze, located in the same pine forest area where a 2011 wildfire burned through some 34,000 acres.

(Reporting by Jon Herskovitz; Editing by Will Dunham)