Bastrop commemorates wildfire 2-year anniversary

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Posted on September 1, 2013 at 5:41 PM

Updated Monday, Sep 2 at 3:07 PM

BASTROP, Texas -- This Labor Day weekend marks two years since massive wildfires ravaged Bastrop County.

The Bastrop Long-Term Recovery Team hosted a picnic on Sunday to remember the Labor Day holiday weekend two years ago when the fires broke out on Sept. 4, 2011.

The organization is a non-profit that works with people who have had trouble rebuilding their homes, some of whom were uninsured.

Ed Hoffman and his son both lost their homes in the fire.

"I'm living on my land," Hoffman said. "My friend bought a saw mill, brought it over, and we chopped some trees down and made lumber out of it. I'm living in an 18x20 shed. I'm waiting to get a house built by the General Land Commission Grant."

He is hoping they will start building in two weeks.

The fire killed two and destroyed nearly 1,700 homes -- more than any other fire in Texas history.

There is also a Tribute to Recovery dinner taking place Tuesday night at the Hyatt Regency Lost Pines. Tickets are $75.

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