Texas governor declares Bastrop County wildfire a disaster


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"This has to be an echo of a nightmare," governor says, referring to a 2011 Bastrop fire

Hidden Pines Fire in Bastrop County destroys nine homes and threatens 150 more

Blaze consumes nearly 4,400 acres and is 25% contained

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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott declared a state of disaster Thursday in Bastrop County outside Austin, where a wildfire destroyed 38 structures, most of them homes, and raced across nearly 4,400 acres, authorities said.

The Hidden Pines Fire threatens more than 150 homes, authorities said.

Roughly 400 homes have been evacuated, said Jessica Jackson with Texas A&M Forest Service.

The fire was 25% contained by Thursday evening, the Texas Interagency Coordination Center said.

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