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Winds continue to fan the flames of Bastrop Fire

AUSTIN,TX (AP) -

In Texas, where rain is really needed, winds from Tropical Storm Lee just fan the flames.

"It was a surreal experience. I have seen a number of big fires in my life. Ah, this one is as this one is as mean-looking as I've ever seen.", stated Governor Perry.

The Bastrop Fire outside of Austin has scorched nearly 500 homes in its path and is threatening hundreds more.  families evacuated from the flames now have to watch and wait, to see if they have anything to go back home to.

"You learn what is valuable in life and it isn't the stuff, it's the people in your life and what means something to you,"says Lisa Ross who had to evacuate her home.

The dry weather is making it hard for firefighters to gain ground on the flames. Mary Kay Hicks from the Texas Forest Service says, "These fires are like rolling because of the extreme drought. The trees, all the fuel and everything out there may look sort of green but it's not. It's like firewood standing there. And this fire is just rolling over it. It's just unbelievable."

It looks like firefighters will be busy all week. The National Weather Service says though it won't be as hot the next few days, it's going to stay very dry.

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