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Tuesday, September 06, 2011

Satellite Images Show Less Smoke- But Texas Wildfires Continue To Burn

Officials in Central Texas report "more than 600 structures" have been destroyed in a series of natural cover fires within a 50-mile radius of Austin Texas.

As of late Tuesday afternoon- 2 fatalities have been reported by KVUE-TV and other media outlets in Austin.

There have been at least a dozen injuries- mostly firefighters.

A visible zoomed-in weather satellite image courtesy of NASA and taken just before 12:30 p.m. Tuesday afternoon shows considerable less visible smoke than images shown here on CSW Monday afternoon.

However- officials say the biggest blaze- the Bastrop Wildfire- is zero-percent contained as of noon today- according to the AUSTIN (TX) AMERICAN-STATESMAN.

Winds have lightened- but relative humidities continue to be low.

The Steiner Ranch and Pedernales Bend Wildfires west of Austin are said to be mostly contained- and fire crews are making progress on the Leander or "Moonglow" Wildfire to the north.

A new natural cover fire was reported in the past hour in Northwest Austin and that fire was threatening structures- according to KXAN-TV in Austin.

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