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Bastrop County Complex fire destroys 400 homes, spans 17,500 acres

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YNN's Chie Saito talks with an evacuee from the Bastrop County Complex fire in the video above.

An amalgam of three fires in Bastrop, dubbed the Bastrop County Complex Fire, has destroyed more than 400 homes, according to an official with the Bastrop County Sheriff's Office. Included are several homes of Sheriff's Office employees who continue to work.

The fire has spanned 17,500 acres and is around 16 miles long, according to the Texas Forest Service. Officials say nearly half of the 6,000-acre Bastrop State Park has burned.

The following areas have been evacuated: All residents in Pine Valley Loop, La Reata subdivison,and all homes on Wilhelm Way, Lee Road Whitworth Lane and on the Eastern Side of Watterson Road, Colovista, Tahitian Village, KC Estates, Pine Forest and Circle D, all of the Colony, all of Lake Bastrop Acres subdivision, Pine View West, Lake Bastrop State Park, Cottle Town to the river, residents along Harmon Road and Pine Hill Loop, all homes on Schwantz Road, all homes on Old Potato Road, all homes along Highway 21 east to Paige, all homes from 2571 Furr Mays Road west to Highway 304 and FM 2561, residents along Young School House Road and Hall Road, Eisley Road, Tiner Cutoff, Oak Hill Cemetery Road, Crape Myrtle Drive and Herron Trail.

Five shelters are now open: Bastrop Middle School and Ascension Catholic Church, Smithville- Recreation Center, Grace Lutheran Church, First Baptist Church.

Bastrop County officials want everyone evacuee to stop by a shelter to give contact information. All evacuees who have left the area without checking in, call (512) 581-4023 and leave your name, address, contact phone number so that they are able to contact you.

The fire is moving south or southeast. It appears that the fire has jumped the Colorado River in some places.

YNN's John Salazar filed the following video report.

TWC News: Bastrop County Complex fire destroys 400 homes, spans 17,500 acres
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