BASTROP, TX (AP) - Students in Central Texas where wildfires ravaged more than 34,000 acres have returned to school.
Classes resumed Monday in the Bastrop Independent School District, which serves Bastrop, Cedar Creek, Red Rock, Rockne and Paige. The district, on its website, lists resources for wildfire victims including counseling, clothing, food and even information on pets that are missing.
Hundreds of residents evacuated more than a week ago from the area about 25 miles east of Austin. School buses planned to stop at hotels and motels where some students have been staying.
Officials say nearly 1,600 homes have been destroyed by wind-driven wildfires, amid dry conditions during the lingering drought.
The federal government on Friday declared Texas a disaster area, paving the way for financial aid.