Wildfire Destroys 10 Homes in Central Texas

BASTROP, Texas (AP) - Firefighters are battling a wildfire in central Texas that has destroyed at least 10 homes and two businesses.

At least two helicopters and two air tankers are dousing the estimated 400-acre wildfire near Bastrop and Smithville.

Officials have evacuated residents and closed the highway leading into the area. Up to 200 homes are threatened and 13 outbuildings have been destroyed.

Officials say at least one firefighter has been treated for smoke inhalation.

The fire started Saturday when a power line fell. Texas Forest Service spokeswoman Misty Wilburn says the blaze is about 10 percent contained

Bastrop is about 30 miles southeast of Austin.

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