Bastrop Fires Anniversary

Two years after devastating fires, Bastrop continues to rebuild

Two years after devastating fires, Bastrop continues to rebuild

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Photo by Stephan Lorenz

KVUE — Two years ago, wildfires sparked in Bastrop County. The flames burned about 34,000 acres, killed two people and destroyed nearly 1,700 homes.

There are reminders of the devastation across the county. A sign leading into Bastrop State Park warns visitors of the danger of falling trees. Many trees that burned in the fire still need to be cut down. The sign also posts a warning of the fire danger that lingers. It remains high.

The community remains optimistic. Sprinkled throughout the county are small stars nailed into trees and posts. One in the Tahitian Village neighborhood, hit hard by the fire, reads "Hope for Bastrop."

The neighborhood, like many others, is slowly coming back. Help is on the way for victims who still need to rebuild. Tuesday evening, the American Red Cross awarded a $1.5 million grant to the victims. The money goes to the Bastrop Recovery Center and will be divided out from there.

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