Wildfires damage nearly all of Bastrop State Park

BASTROP, Texas (AP) - Nearly all of a Central Texas state park has been blackened by wildfires.

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department says about 95% of Bastrop State Park, located 25 miles east of Austin, has been scorched. Officials say the 6,500-acre park will likely be closed through October.

Officials say all 13 stone and wooden cabins, built in the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps, have survived wildfires that flared last week. The park has National Historic Landmark status.

Crews on Thursday plan to check other park structures for damage.

Superintendent Todd McClanahan said the park house where he and his family live survived the flames. McClanahan says officials are concerned that the park suffered a tremendous loss of wildlife, including endangered Houston toads.

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