Central Texas wildfires destroy nearly 1,400 homes

By the Associated Press | September 8, 2011 | 9:10 AM EDT

Two firefighters are worn out after battling a wildfire off Foster School Road near Needville, Texas, on Wednesday afternoon, Sept. 7, 2011. (AP Photo/The Courier, Patric Schneider)

BASTROP, Texas (AP) — Wildfires have destroyed nearly 1,400 homes in Central Texas where firefighters have been battling to get the blazes under control for days.

Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Robbie Barrera says 1,386 residential structures have been destroyed as of Thursday. Barrera says the fires are about 30 percent contained.

The Texas Forest Service reported Wednesday that nearly 800 homes were burned in the Bastrop area.

Two deaths are blamed on the fires about 25 miles east of Austin. Barrera says about 5,000 residents remain evacuated.