$4 Million Received After Central Texas Wildfires

BASTROP, Texas (AP) - Parts of Central Texas devastated by wildfires in 2011 have benefited from more than $4 million in private donations and the help of volunteers who are rebuilding
homes.

The Austin American-Statesman reports that in Bastrop County, agencies and groups are trying to rebuild more than 200 homes for people who did not have insurance or not enough insurance.

The American Red Cross collected $699,000 in the wake of the wildfires. The Austin Community Foundation received $1.3 million. Meanwhile, Mennonite volunteers have stayed in Bastrop for
several months. They and others continue to build homes free of charge.

The Texas Forest Service says last year's wildfire season was the worst in state history, destroying nearly 4 million acres. About 3,000 homes were lost. Ten people died.