Bastrop fire continues to burn



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Posted on September 5, 2011 at 11:31 AM

Updated Friday, Oct 25 at 2:28 AM

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BASTROP, Texas -- Officials tell KVUE News they believe that the situation in Bastrop will get worse before it gets better. They are calling the fire an aggressive fire and they say that there will be more evacuations.

So far, more than 400 homes in Bastrop have burned and more than 5,000 people have been evacuated. More than 25,000 acres have burned.

KVUE News has been told the fire now stretches from Highway 291 across the Colorado River and into an area known as Hills Prairie. A community near Highway 71 and 95 called Tahitian Village was also threatened as smaller fires started to work their way in.

To fight the fire Monday, officials say they will be bringing in blackhawk helicopters to provide air support. Their goal is to get ahead of the fire. Fire departments from around the state have arrived to help.

For more information you can call the citizen's information line at  512-332-8856 or 512-332-8814.

Five shelters have been set up in Bastrop; it is unclear how long they will remain open. Four hundred people are now in shelters.

The Bastrop School District has just decided to canceled classes Tuesday, Sept. 6, as well as all school-related activities.

There are five shelters still open for Bastrop County residents: Bastrop Middle School, Grace Lutheran Church and First Baptist Church in Smithville, Smithville Rec Center, and Ascension Catholic Church.   

If you have been evacuated and are not staying at a shelter, officials ask you to stop by one of those locations and check in. They want to make sure everyone is accounted for.

The American Legion in Bastrop is accepting pets and livestock.