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Thursday, August 30th, 2012

Audio: A year after fires, communities focus on prevention

Sept. 4 marks one year since wildfires ravaged Central Texas, causing officials and residents to rethink how they manage their land. Since then, some communities have taken it upon themselves to make their surroundings safer in the event of another wildfire.

Monday, June 11th, 2012

Audio: Fire-fighting monster planes caught in custody battle

The U.S. Air Force is planning to move its C-130 cargo planes, which were used to douse flames during last year’s wildfires, out of Texas. But as Era Sundar of KUT News reports, officials are warning that...

Thursday, December 8th, 2011

Audio: Officials plea for donations to keep state parks funded

State officials launched a campaign this week soliciting donations to help fund Texas parks, which saw a drop-off in visitors this year because of record heat and wildfires. As MATT LARGEY of KUT News reports, the plea...

Tuesday, September 13th, 2011

Letter: Doggett says ‘blame game’ doesn’t help fire victims

U.S. Rep. LLOYD DOGGETT writes, “We could use more Bastrop community spirit, in which local leaders of both parties work together constructively to overcome tragedy. Instead, Gov. Rick Perry and Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst blamed President Barack...

Monday, September 12th, 2011

Dispute continues between Texas, feds on fire help

Did the federal government drag its feet in providing disaster relief to the victims of the devastating Bastrop County fires? It depends on whom you ask. State officials say they began petitioning for assistance early last week....

Wednesday, September 7th, 2011

Audio: Central Texas fire crews straining amid devastation

Federal authorities arrived in Bastrop on Tuesday to assist with the wildfires that have killed two, charred more than 30,000 acres and destroyed at least 600 homes. Matt Largey of KUT News reports that the crisis has...

Monday, September 5th, 2011

Perry leaves campaign trail, returns to Texas wildfires

With wildfires raging outside of Austin, Gov. Rick Perry is leaving the campaign trail to return to his home state, the governor's office confirmed this morning.

Tuesday, May 19th, 2009

Hays County declared disaster area because of drought, heat, fires

Hays County farmers and ranchers could be eligible for low-interest loans through the U.S. Agriculture department's Farm Services Agency.

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