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500 homes lost in Texas wildfires

A series of large wildfires as seen heading east approaching Bastrop, Texas  on Highway 71 Monday, Sep. 5, 2011.  A roaring wildfire raced unchecked Monday through rain-starved farm and ranchland in Texas, destroying nearly 500 homes during a rapid advance fanned in part by howling winds from the remnants of Tropical Storm Lee.   (AP Photo/Erich Schlegel)

A series of large wildfires as seen heading east approaching Bastrop, Texas on Highway 71 Monday, Sep. 5, 2011. A roaring wildfire raced unchecked Monday through rain-starved farm and ranchland in Texas, destroying nearly 500 homes during a rapid advance fanned in part by howling winds from the remnants of Tropical Storm Lee. (AP Photo/Erich Schlegel)

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  • A fire creeps toward a house on Mauna Kea Lane in the Tahitian Village neighborhood in Bastrop, Texas,  on Monday Sept. 5, 2011.  Later, planes dumped fire retardant on the home.  It was still standing at noon Monday.  A house down the street was burned to the ground.  (AP Photo/Austin American-Statesman, Jay Janner)  MAGS OUT; NO SALES; TV OUT; INTERNET OUT; AP MEMBERS ONLY
  • An Aldine firefighter battles a 300-acre wildfire on FM 1774 near FM 1486 in Magnolia, Texas on Monday, Sept. 5, 2011. Nearly 8,000 residents were evacuated from the area. (AP Photo/The Courier, Karl Anderson)
  • Marsha Moore, left, is comforted by a friend as she keeps an eye on the fire near her home, near Linden, Texas,  Monday, Sept. 5, 2011. A 7,000 acre fire spread across southern Cass County, Texas. (AP Photo/The Texarkana Gazette, Christena Dowsett)
  • A series of large wildfires as seen heading east approaching Bastrop, Texas  on Highway 71 Monday, Sep. 5, 2011.  A roaring wildfire raced unchecked Monday through rain-starved farm and ranchland in Texas, destroying nearly 500 homes during a rapid advance fanned in part by howling winds from the remnants of Tropical Storm Lee.   (AP Photo/Erich Schlegel)
  • A Maud, Texas firefighter closes his eyes to avoid fire debris during a 7,000 acre fire in southern Cass County, Texas Monday, Sept. 5, 2011. (AP Photo/The Texarkana Gazette, Christena Dowsett)
  • Parts of trees and foliage catch flame in a wooded area off of County Road 320 in Anderson County, Texas, Monday, Sept. 5, 2011. The fire in the area near Frankston originally began Thursday and rekindled Saturday morning. Winds have caused many fires to spread and rekindle in the East Texas area.  (AP Photo/The Tyler Morning Telegraph, Sarah A. Miller)
  • Firefighters from around the state battle a large wildfire on Highway 71 near Smithville, Texas, Monday, Sep. 5, 2011.  A roaring wildfire raced unchecked Monday through rain-starved farm and ranchland in Texas, destroying nearly 500 homes during a rapid advance fanned in part by howling winds from the remnants of Tropical Storm Lee.  (AP Photo/Erich Schlegel)
  • The remains of a house on Mauna Kea Lane in Bastrop, Texas, smolders on Monday Sept. 5, 2011. (AP Photo/Austin American-Statesman, Jay Janner)  MAGS OUT; NO SALES; TV OUT; INTERNET OUT; AP MEMBERS ONLY
  • Chuck Tomlin uses a shovel to stop a fire in the back yard of a home Mauna Kea Lane in the Tahitian Village neighborhood in Bastrop, Texas, on Monday Sept. 5, 2011.  Tomlin volunteered to knock down flames that were just a few feet from the house of a neighbor he has never met. A home across the street was burned to the ground.(AP Photo/Austin American-Statesman, Jay Janner)  MAGS OUT; NO SALES; TV OUT; INTERNET OUT; AP MEMBERS ONLY
  • A fire rages near Highway 71 east of Bastrop, Texas, on Monday Sept. 5, 2011. A roaring wildfire raced unchecked Monday through rain-starved farm and ranchland in Texas, destroying nearly 500 homes during a rapid advance fanned in part by howling winds from the remnants of Tropical Storm Lee. (AP Photo/Austin American-Statesman, Jay Janner)  MAGS OUT; NO SALES; TV OUT; INTERNET OUT EXCEPT AP MEMBERS
  • Smoke from a wildfire hangs in the sky, Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2011, in Bastrop, Texas. Officials hope that calmer winds Tuesday will help firefighters battling a wildfire that has destroyed nearly 500 homes in Central Texas and forced thousands of residents to evacuate to shelters to avoid the blaze.  (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
  • A large wildfire on Highway 71 near Smithville, Texas, Monday, Sep. 5, 2011 burns piles of lumber and ranch posts.  A roaring wildfire raced unchecked Monday through rain-starved farm and ranchland in Texas, destroying nearly 500 homes during a rapid advance fanned in part by howling winds from the remnants of Tropical Storm Lee.  (AP Photo/Erich Schlegel)
  • Firefighters from around the state battle a large wildfire on Highway 71 near Smithville, Texas, Monday, Sep. 5, 2011.  A roaring wildfire raced unchecked Monday through rain-starved farm and ranchland in Texas, destroying nearly 500 homes during a rapid advance fanned in part by howling winds from the remnants of Tropical Storm Lee.   (AP Photo/Erich Schlegel)
  • A large wildfire burns along Highway 71 near Smithville, Texas  as a bulldozer from the Texas Forest Service rumbles by Monday, Sep. 5, 2011.  A roaring wildfire raced unchecked Monday through rain-starved farm and ranchland in Texas, destroying nearly 500 homes during a rapid advance fanned in part by howling winds from the remnants of Tropical Storm Lee.  (AP Photo/Erich Schlegel)
  • Patricia Bloodworth-Neville embraces her daughter Bailey Neville, 12, while watching a wildfire consume land around their home in the Bluebonnet Acres in Texas Bastrop County, Texas  on Monday, Sept. 5, 2011.    A roaring wildfire raced unchecked Monday through rain-starved farm and ranchland in Texas, destroying nearly 500 homes during a rapid advance fanned in part by howling winds from the remnants of Tropical Storm Lee.   (AP Photo/The Daily Texan, Trent Lesikar )
  • Home owner, Dennis Kleiber, left, uses a chainsaw to cut a hole in his floor to get to smoldering wood as Brian Schultz uses a bucket of water to put out ambers from the fire on Cedar Lane in the Blue Bonnet Acres subdivision west of Bastrop, Texas on Monday, Sept. 5, 2011.  A roaring wildfire raced unchecked Monday through rain-starved farm and ranchland in Texas, destroying nearly 500 homes during a rapid advance fanned in part by howling winds from the remnants of Tropical Storm Lee. (AP Photo/Austin American-Statesman, Rodolfo Gonzalez)  MAGS OUT; NO SALES; TV OUT; INTERNET OUT EXCEPT AP MEMBERS)
  • CORRECTS NAME OF CITY IN CAPTION AND HEADER TO CEDAR CREEK -- A helicopter drops water onto a blaze in Cedar Creek, Texas on Monday, Sept. 5, 2011.    A roaring wildfire raced unchecked Monday through rain-starved farm and ranchland in Texas, destroying nearly 500 homes during a rapid advance fanned in part by howling winds from the remnants of Tropical Storm Lee.   (AP Photo/The Daily Texan, Thomas Allison )
  • Remnants of a burned out home off Highway 71 near Bastrop, Texas as a series of large wildfires continue to burn Monday, Sep. 5, 2011.  A roaring wildfire raced unchecked Monday through rain-starved farm and ranchland in Texas, destroying nearly 500 homes during a rapid advance fanned in part by howling winds from the remnants of Tropical Storm Lee.  (AP Photo/Erich Schlegel)
  • Smoke from a wildfire hangs in the sky, Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2011, in Bastrop, Texas. Officials hope that calmer winds Tuesday will help firefighters battling a wildfire that has destroyed nearly 500 homes in Central Texas and forced thousands of residents to evacuate to shelters to avoid the blaze. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
  • Smoke from a wildfire hangs in the sky, Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2011, in Bastrop, Texas. Officials hope that calmer winds Tuesday will help firefighters battling a wildfire that has destroyed nearly 500 homes in Central Texas and forced thousands of residents to evacuate to shelters to avoid the blaze.  (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

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