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RICK PERRY Deploys Task Force to Fight Texas Wildfires, Now 30 Percent Contained – ABC News

September 7, 2011

Firefighters from around the state battle a large wildfire on Highway 71 near Smithville, Texas, Monday, Sep. 5, 2011. (Erech Schlegal/AP Photo)

Perry Deploys Task Force to Fight Texas Wildfires, Now 30 Percent Contained

By KATIE KINDELAN

Sept. 7, 2011

An elite search team has been deployed to look for more victims of the Texas wildfires that have killed two people and forced thousands to evacuate, as stretched-thin firefighters continue to battle the still-moving blazes.

Under orders from Texas Gov. Rick Perry, the state’s most elite search team, the 100-member Texas Task Force 1, will deploy today to help local authorities in the hardest-stricken area of Bastrop, about 25 miles from Austin.

The Bastrop County wildfire, which has destroyed more than 600 homes and blackened about 45 square miles, is the most severe of the more than 180 wildfires reported in the past week across drought-stricken Texas.

Texas Forest Service officials said today the fire in Barstrop is now about 30 percent contained.

Lighter winds and increased humidity have helped and that the weather conditions mean Wednesday “should be a good day for” those battling the wildfires, agency spokeswoman April Saginor said.

It was not until Tuesday that crews finally caught a break in battling the fires from winds pushed in by Tropical Storm Lee that whipped the blaze into an inferno over the weekend.

via Rick Perry Deploys Task Force to Fight Texas Wildfires, Now 30 Percent Contained – ABC News.

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