Wildfires Torch Texas - NECN

Wildfires Torch Texas



    (NECN/CNN: Emily Schmidt) - Tropical Storm Lee dealt drought-stricken Texas no rain -- just a whole lot of wind to fuel more fires. The biggest is in Bastrop, Texas, where Lisa Ross thought a storm was coming -- her husband disagreed.

    "I don't think it's a storm," he said. "That looks like fire to me."

    They evacuated along with at least 5,000 others. Officials say 300 homes are gone so far and they warn things will get worse before they get better.

    "The fire's not over, not contained at this time"

    Helicopters are flying to places where it's simply too dangerous for firefighters, as people leave with just what they can carry.

    "They told me to get out right now. I'll see you in a little bit."

    A mother and her 18-month-old daughter couldn't escape. They died when a fire consumed their mobile home in east Texas Sunday.

    Texas governor Rick Perry pulled out of a Presidential Candidate Forum Monday in South Carolina to return to his state.

    "Keep those folks in your prayers as we go back and try to get people out of harm's way.  Pray for rain, as well."

    The worst fire season in Texas history has left residents of many neighborhoods fearing there will be little left to sift through when the fires finally end.