Posted at 01:43 PM ET, 09/06/2011

Bastrop, Tex., wildfires destroy hundreds of homes (photos, video)


Firefighters from around the state battle a large wildfire on Highway 71 near Smithville, Tex., on Monday. (ERICH SCHLEGEL/ASSOCIATED PRESS)
Wildfires across Texas have torched more than 25,000 acres, destroyed hundreds of homes and are still burning out of control, Reuters reports.

Since the more than 60 fires kindled across the state Sunday, the state has seen record destruction, in large part because of the winds of Tropical Storm Lee as it landed in Louisiana. The county of Bastrop has seen the worst of the damage.

On Monday, hundreds of homeless families fled to shelters, while schools closed and Gov. Rick Perry cut short his presidential campaigning to return home, calling the fires “as mean-looking as I’ve ever seen.”

BBC reports that a 20-year-old woman and her baby daughter died Sunday in the flames.

Texas has already had a tough year, having suffered for the last several months from its worst drought since the 1950s.

See raw video from the Telegraph of the fires below:

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Students from a local 4-H group drop off bottled water for firefighters and displaced residents at Magnolia High School, where residents evacuated from their homes near a 300-acre wild fire gathered Monday in Magnolia, Tex. (ERIC S. SWIST/ASSOCIATED PRESS)

A series of large wildfires as seen heading east approaching Bastrop, Tex., on Highway 71 on Monday. (ERICH SCHLEGEL/ASSOCIATED PRESS)

Texas Gov. Rick Perry, a Republican presidential candidate, speaks at a news conference Tuesday with state and local emergency personnel after touring the wildfire-ravaged area around Steiner Ranch near Austin. (ERICH SCHLEGEL/GETTY IMAGES)

Chuck Tomlin uses a shovel to try to stop a fire in the back yard of a home in Bastrop, Tex., on Monday. Tomlin volunteered to knock down flames that were just a few feet from the house of a neighbor he has never met. A home across the street was burned to the ground. (JAY JANNER/ASSOCIATED PRESS)

Firefighters battle wildfire along Highway 71 near Smithville, Tex., on Monday. (ERICH SCHLEGEL/ASSOCIATED PRESS)

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