Shelby: Wildfires have raged through Bastrop, Texas, swallowing hundreds of homes.
“It was crazy! Pretty crazy.”
Shelby: These teens still have a home to go to, but many of their teachers and classmates don’t. That is why they have been handing out clothes, daily-use items, and water to families at a donation tent.
“I know about twenty-three people who lost their homes. Pretty crazy.”
Shelby: The fire in Bastrop County in Central Texas has killed two people and destroyed more than 1,500 homes since it began last Sunday.
The fire here is the most destructive out of the 190 fires burning throughout Texas. It is expected to burn more homes in the coming days, but firefighters say they have about half of the area under control.
Some lucky evacuees have been able to return home, and classes at Bastrop County schools are back in session this week. Students and teachers say it will bring them a much-needed return to normalcy.
Student: My principal lost her home, and she said she would just go in her office and sit there. It was like a comfort for her, and I think it will be for a lot of students as well. Plus they’ll get to see their friends.
“Ready to go back to school…tired of not seeing everybody…get their minds off it. A lot of them lost their homes.”
Shelby: Shelby Holliday, Channel One News.