September 12th, 2011
12:56 PM ET

Homeowners begin to return to fire-ravaged Texas neighborhoods

More areas of Bastrop County, Texas, were reopened to residents Monday following the devastating wildfire that destroyed more than 1,500 homes.

"Our goal is to get everybody back in by Thursday," said county Judge Ronnie McDonald.

Many of the residents will return to charred homes and possessions. Those with standing homes may have to wait weeks for electricity to return, and crews are still working on restoring drinking water, utility officials said.

The Bastrop County Complex fire near Austin was 60 percent contained Monday after burning across more than 34,000 acres, according to the Texas Forest Service.

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