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Lubbock forest service coordinator returns from Bastrop wildfire

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The wildfires in Bastrop are being called the most destructive fires in Texas history.

They've destroyed more than 1,500 homes and killed two people.

The Texas Forest Service helped fight the flames, getting as close as they could to the blazing front lines.

Justin Musgraves, regional fire coordinator for the Lubbock area, told us some of the trees on fire were over 30 feet tall and the flames reached as high as 200 feet.

"In the daytime it was just a wall of smoke. it looked like a thunderstorm building. When the night fell it looked like a war zone with glowing homes everywhere," Musgraves said.

Musgraves helped lead crews into flames all across the South Plains.

He says the wildfires in Dickens and Garza counties earlier this year actually burned more acres than some of the ones near Bastrop.

"Those neighborhoods and subdivisions are in the woods. An 80 acre fire in central Texas burns 16 homes in an instant where 90,000 in west Texas may only threaten one or two ranch homes," Musgraves said.

Musgraves said we're fortunate more homes weren't lost to wildfires here in west Texas.

As the next fire season inches closer, he urges folks to clear debris from around their homes.

"The homes that were saved were easy to access by fireman the trees and shrubs were cleared away from the home," Musgraves continued. "The safer your home the safer your community is. It all starts with you."

Musgraves encourages folks to (CLICK_HERE) for a list of tips to keep your home and property safe.

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