Wildfires in Texas area 30 percent contained

Associated Press
Laura Clements, left, and brother Ben, survey their fire-destroyed home, Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2011, in Bastrop, Texas. The Clements lost their home to fires Monday. More than 1,000 homes have been destroyed in at least 57 wildfires across rain-starved Texas, most of them in one devastating blaze near Austin that is still raging out of control, officials said Tuesday.  (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

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BASTROP, Texas (AP) — The Texas Forest Service says massive wildfires near the state capital of Austin are 30 percent contained.

Agency spokeswoman April Saginor says lighter winds have helped firefighting efforts in Bastrop County, where blazes have destroyed more than 600 homes and blackened about 45 square miles (115 sq. kilometers).

Saginor says the weather conditions mean Wednesday "should be a good day for" those battling the wildfires.

The National Weather Service says Bastrop will experience northeast winds up to 10 mph (16 kph).

At least 11 other fires exceeding 1,000 acres (400 hectares) blazed Tuesday in Texas. The disaster is blamed largely on a yearlong drought, one of the most severe dry spells the state has ever seen. The Bastrop County fire is the state's most devastating wildfire in over a decade.

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