Sep 21, 2011 8:13 AM by Kate Richards

Texas wildfire most likely electrical

DALLAS (AP) - Officials say something electrical likely caused a massive central Texas wildfire that killed two people and destroyed more than 1,500 homes.

The Texas Forest Service didn't elaborate in a Tuesday release announcing the end of the investigation into the main Bastrop County blaze. Forest Service officials didn't return phone calls seeking comment.

The fire began Labor Day weekend and burned for several days, blackening more than 50 square miles. It forced thousands to flee their homes for days about 25 miles east of Austin.

Texas is in the midst of one of its worst wildfire outbreaks in state history due to a perilous mix of hot temperatures, strong winds and historic drought. The Bastrop-area fire was the largest of the nearly 190 Texas wildfires that erupted in early September.


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