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Dramatic images of wildfire near Austin, Texas

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A wildfire burns out of control in Bastrop State Park near Bastrop, Texas, on Sept. 5. The fire has burned over fourteen thousand acres and destroyed hundreds of homes. With much of the state of Texas under severe drought wildfires continue to spring up burning thousands of acres.

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Clarence Hoffman, left, and his son, Allen Hoffman, battle ground flames as they try to prevent the fire from advancing to the home of Patrick McAlister as a wildfire burns out of control near Bastrop on Sept. 5. An estimated 1,000 homes are being threatened in Bastrop County.

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Extreme heat rises from the ground as a wildfire burns out of control near Bastrop, on Sept. 5.

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Allen Hoffman runs down the driveway of Patrick McAlister's house as fires move closer and smoke covers the house as wildfires burns out of control near Bastrop on Sept. 5.

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A wildfire burns out of control in Bastrop State Park near Bastrop on Sept. 5.

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A wildfire burns out of control near Bastrop on Sept. 5.

The AP reports from BASTROP, Texas:

A wildfire burning southeast of Austin, Texas, destroyed about 300 homes and was advancing unchecked on Monday through parched ranchland along a 16-mile front, authorities said.

The fire, one of dozens that crews were battling throughout the drought-stricken state, had blackened some 17,500 acres but was not threatening the state capital, as it was about 30 miles from the city and headed the opposite way. But the ferocity and speed with which it was moving made it unsafe to fight from the ground, Texas Forest Service spokeswoman Jan Amen said.

"It's a monster, and it's zero percent contained" Amen said. Continue reading.