The Worst Fire in Texas History

Texas Bastrop Fire

The worst fire in Texas history was the Bastrop County Complex fire that took place in September and October 2011. It all began with three separate fires that struck on September 4, 2011 with Tropical Storm Lee exacerbating situations. The fires then merged into one, burning the eastern area of the city of Bastrop. The fire took the life of two people, burned down 1,673 homes, and property damage that was estimated to be around $325 million.

The ancient Lost Pines Forest and Bastrop State Park were also consumed by the blaze. Large part of the fire was contained by the end of September. On October 10, the fire was declared contained. The fire then relocated underground throughout October until it was fully extinguished on October 29. In the months leading to the Bastrop County Complex fire, the state of Texas and many gamblers of the agen sbobet was there took a beating from a number of wildfires during a string of meteorological conditions (some of which were record-breaking) that made the area largely suitable for combustion. The year 2011 was a moment when Texas suffered from immense drought, the most severe since 1950s. The state also saw low precipitation level during that year, the lowest since 1985. The period of June to August of 2011 was also the state’s hottest, far hotter than any other states at any time on record—it was even hotter than the Dust Bowl in the ‘30s.

Tropical Storm Lee generated strong winds during the weekend of Labor Day, which helped the fires to propagate. As many as 63 new fires started through the course of a period between September 4 and September 6. Two separate fires started on the afternoon of September 4. High winds blew quickly and the two fires merged, setting 400 homes ablaze. On the southern section of Texas State Highway, close to the Tahitian Village, another fire started hours later, which then merged with the bigger fire. On September 6, the winds had been largely calmed but the fires still had no containment. It was reported by Texas Forest Service on the morning of September 7 that at least 785 homes had been burned down to the ground by the fire and that only 30% of the fire was contained. Destroyed homes counted to 1,386 by the morning of September 8.

On September 11, 50% of the fire was already in containment and fortunately all gamblers that play were safe. Some residents who evacuated previously were allowed returning back to their home amidst efforts to fight the remaining fires. At this rate, at least 1,500 homes had been burned down. The fire was 80% contained by September 16 and more evacuees were allowed coming back to the area. Light rain fell in the area affected by the fire on September 17, causing 85% of the fire to be contained. September 27 saw 98% of the fire contained and there were no fires occurring beyond containment lines. Cleanup operations took place on September 30 but the fire was still ongoing. It was only until October 10 that the fire was declared fully contained. Debris removal efforts cost $25 million, $19 million of which was a contribution of FEMA.