Disasters

Texas Wildfires Claim 2 More Lives

The wildfire currently raging in Texas's Bastrop County near Austin has taken two more lives, officials said Tuesday. The bodies were found in an area that had been asked to evacuate. On Sunday, the fires had killed an 18-month-old girl and her mother. The fire is the worst single blaze in the state's history: it has burned 1,000 homes so far, more than any fire previously in the state. The fire—one of 63 currently burning in Texas—has scorched 100,000 acres so far, fueled in part by strong winds from Tropical Storm Lee. Gov. Rick Perry returned from presidential campaigning to offer assistance and said he would seek a federal-disaster declaration.