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Texas wildfire destroys 10 homes

The fire was 400 acres and about 10% contained on Saturday night. It began when a power line fell.

March 01, 2009|Associated Press

BASTROP, TEXAS — A wildfire in central Texas destroyed at least 10 homes and two businesses Saturday, and it was threatening up to 200 homes. Residents were evacuated.

At least two helicopters and two air tankers were dousing the estimated 400-acre wildfire near Bastrop and Smithville.

Bastrop is about 30 miles southeast of Austin.

A downed power line started the fire, which Texas Forest Service spokeswoman Misty Wilburn said was about 10% contained.

Officials closed the highway leading into the area.

Thirteen outbuildings had been destroyed.

Officials said at least one firefighter was treated for smoke inhalation.

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