Power back on in Texas wildfire area
Austin — Power is back on in all parts of a Central Texas county affected by the most destructive wildfire in the state's history.
Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative officials made that announcement Monday.
Crews have been restoring power to homes and businesses since the blaze started Sept. 4 near Bastrop. It destroyed more than 1,500 homes and killed two people.
The Austin American-Statesman reports that crews have been clearing debris near power lines and marking trees that could fall on them.
A Texas Forest Service investigation shows that trees and branches falling onto power lines sparked the Bastrop fire and another one in the county.
The wildfires near Austin forced thousands to flee their homes, burned out of control for days and blackened more than 50 square miles.
Information from: Austin American-Statesman, http://www.statesman.com