Progress Made Against Texas Fires

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Wednesday, September 7, 2011 - 3:57pm

Huge wildfire burning near Austin now 30-percent contained.

The fight to contain dozens of wildfires burning across parts of Texas continues for a third day.

At least a thousand homes have been destroyed and more than 100,000 acres burned in one of the worst outbreaks of wildfires to hit the Lone Star state in more than a decade.

After days of fighting and with a little help from Mother Nature fire crews are slowly gaining ground.

On Tuesday, with winds calming, firefighters advanced into the charred landscape and set their own fires, back-burns designed to starve-off the hungry blaze.

More than 5,000 people were forced to flee the flames.

Many are now living in shelters.

At least four people have been killed by the fires.
 

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