Firefighters from around the state battle a large wildfire on Highway 71 near Smithville, Tex., on Monday. (ERICH SCHLEGEL/ASSOCIATED PRESS)

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.

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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)