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2012 Fire Anniversary special

Complex fires burn into memory

Wednesday, September 5, 2012 | Sarah Acosta | 2

For many in Bastrop County, remembering where they were when they got wind of the Bastrop County Complex Fires is burned into memory.

Two families – one year later

Wednesday, September 5, 2012 | Cyndi Wright

For every person who experienced last September’s massive wildfire, there’s a story to tell.

Help for those affected by fires

Wednesday, September 5, 2012 | Special to the Advertiser | 6

The Texas General Land Office announced this week that applications are now available online for the Disaster Recovery Homeowner Program.

Psychologist deals with aftermath of fire

Wednesday, September 5, 2012 | Terry Hagerty | 1

Julia Hickman was in a unique position when it came to the aftermath of the Bastrop County Complex Fire.

Counseling eased fire’s aftermath

Wednesday, September 5, 2012 | Terry Hagerty

More than a few people had harrowing escapes from the fast-moving blaze that kicked off the Bastrop County Complex Fire on Sunday afternoon, Sept. 4, 2011, according to fire and police officials.

The fire’s environmental impact and what is next for its restoration

Wednesday, September 5, 2012 | Erin Green

Removing debris. Rebuilding homes. Restoring the land.

Falling through the cracks

Wednesday, September 5, 2012 | Cyndi Wright | 1

Sandy Hemphill has roots that trace back to the beginning of Bastrop County.

Texas fire report: Bigger buffer could save homes

Wednesday, September 5, 2012 | Cyndi Wright

BASTROP COUNTY, Texas — The long-accepted maxim that homeowners should have a defensible space of at least 30 feet around a home to help protect it from wildfires should be greatly extended, according to the final report on the 2011 Bastrop County wildfire.

Creating a fire break around home is most important

Wednesday, September 5, 2012 | Erin Green

According to the Bastrop County Complex Fire Case Study, an estimated 1,000 homes were lost on the first day of the fire, Sunday, Sept. 4, 2011; 658 homes were lost on Sept. 5 and two more on Sept. 6.

Following the money

Wednesday, September 5, 2012 | Cyndi Wright

The sight of flames and smoke may have diminished, but the ashes leave a trail of memories and courage behind for those affected by the devastating wildfires in Bastrop County last September.

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