A huge wildfire raging near Austin has destroyed nearly 1,400 homes and is still spreading, officials said Thursday.
Victoria Koenig, spokeswoman for the Texas Forest Service, said the Bastrop County fire has destroyed 1,368 homes - more than double the estimate officials gave Wednesday.
Despite hopes that the fire would be largely contained by Wednesday night, it remained 30% contained Thursday morning, she said. About 34,000 acres have been destroyed.
The fire has killed at least two people. An elite search team is helping local officials scour the area for other potential victims.FULL STORY