Today we have updated maps of the Bastrop fire in Texas showing the actual perimeter that has been mapped by firefighters. The perimeter was created at 7:30 a.m. on September 7, 2011. If a newer version becomes available later today we will replace the maps above.
The Texas Forest Service provided this information about the fire:
BASTROP COUNTY COMPLEX, Bastrop County. 34,068 acres, 30 percent contained. Heavy airtankers, scoopers, helicopters, and SEATs assisted on this fire that started in the Lost Pines area just northeast of Bastrop. Most of the forward progress of the fire has stopped, but significant intense burning continues in the interior. An assessment team has confirmed 1,386 homes have been destroyed. Two civilians were found dead Tuesday as search crews went through the charred subdivisions. A Southern Area Type I Incident Management Team is assisting in managing the fire. A FEMA Management Assistance Grant was received.
On Wednesday a search team, Texas Task Force 1, began scouring the sites of the burned homes for additional victims. The team of 100 people has 12 dogs that are trained to find human remains.
Bastrop County has posted a list of “destroyed structures” in Bastrop and Paige. They emphasize that it is not a comprehensive list.
The weather continues to be much less extreme than the conditions caused by the tropical storm winds that pushed dozens of fires out of control over the weekend. On Thursday and Friday the temperature will be in the low 90s, with winds at 5-10 mph, but the relative humidity will be in the low teens. This is considered moderate wildfire burning conditions, but it has enabled firefighters to begin to control the Bastrop and other fires in Texas.
If you need a more detailed map, check out the ESRI web site.