28 homes destroyed in Central Texas wildfire

A Central Texas wildfire that has destroyed 28 homes and a dozen business is about 70 percent contained this afternoon.
The fire is in Bastrop, about 30 miles southeast of Austin.
Texas Forest Service spokesman Lewis Kearney says the blaze has
been fueled by severely dry grass, brush and trees. It has scorched about 1,200 acres since a fallen power line started it Saturday.
No injuries have been reported.
The wildfire is the latest of thousands this year in drought-stricken Texas.
No rain was forecast across Texas for the next several days and temperatures in some parts of the state were expected to be in the 80s.

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