Hotspots keep thousands of Texans from going home
BASTROP (AP) — Officials in Texas say fire crews are making progress fighting a massive Texas wildfire but concerns about hotspots are keeping thousands of residents in the Bastrop area from returning home.
Officials allowed residents in the Union Chapel area to return to their homes Saturday.
County Judge Ronnie McDonald says the 700-acre area includes a little more than two dozen homes.
McDonald says officials hope to get other residents back as soon as possible, but he didn’t know how long that would take.
Tensions flared during a news conference Saturday as some residents shouted questions at county officials, demanding to know when they could return home.
Officials said the fire was about 40 percent contained Saturday after almost a week of burning.