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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  1. RUFFNUTT ( enviormental activist & smeller of fine wines )

    time to plant some grass seed and rebuild... maybe some new trees

    September 12, 2011 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
  2. B Anigbogu

    It look like my hometown in Kenya. Only no cannibals.

    September 12, 2011 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • RUFFNUTT ( enviormental activist & smeller of fine wines )

      u mean democrats?

      September 12, 2011 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gail D

      You like Kenya better ? Go back, then. If you don't, then shut up and contribute something to better society.

      September 12, 2011 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
  3. B Anigbogu

    Yeah. Them peoples. They are funny sometimes. Specially when they talk.

    September 12, 2011 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
  4. B Anigbogu

    I think they eat doodooo.

    September 12, 2011 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |

    Breaker 1 9. Breaker 1 9. What is your 10 20?

    September 12, 2011 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
  6. yada

    OK...The fire was tragic and I feel for the people affected. But somehow I find humor in the fact that the judges name is Ronnie McDonald. Imagine the mileage some clown's gonna get off THAT one! Sorry, no pun intended.

    September 12, 2011 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |

    LOL yada. Thats a good one. I need to start reading the articles.

    September 12, 2011 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Bandit.

    Smokey-Slow down BJ MCKAY- I feel for the people who have lost their homes. Does FEMA pay for new homes? Do you need fire insurance? How do people rebuild after such destruction? And if they so not do oil barons and water spectators Like T. Boone Pickens buy it and make money off of their land

    September 12, 2011 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • leeintulsa

      FEMA provides 'temporary' housing, though i did hear some people displaced by katrina are still in em. Renters, maybe?

      Doesn't homeowner's insurance cover this?

      September 12, 2011 at 8:51 pm | Report abuse |
  9. yada

    Ronnie Mcdonald. lol

    September 12, 2011 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Gail D

    I AM MOVING TO NC !!!! Good for them ! It's not marriage anyway. The gays represent approx 1.5% of the population – clearly not a majority and THIS IS A DEMOCRACY !!!

    September 12, 2011 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
  11. nigeria ben

    Im from Nigeria. You tell em Gail. Kenya peoples are stopid. Always cook to many people at barbecues. We only cook 1 or 2 to avoid waste. In Kenya they cook 100 or more for 1 dinner. They are wasteful.

    September 12, 2011 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Bryan

    Then move to NC Gail, You belong back in Kindergarten with views like that!!

    September 12, 2011 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
  13. banasy©

    I hope that the people of Texas can rebuild.

    September 12, 2011 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Betsaroo

    Vote on it....yeah, and then let ME vote on how you can or can't live your life. If we leave these decisions to the majority rule, can you see how minorities will never be regarded as equal?!

    September 12, 2011 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Mr. Richardson

    Tear down this wall of ignorance dividing Texas in two.

    September 12, 2011 at 7:03 pm | Report abuse |
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