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    Wildfire in Bastrop, TX 9/4/11


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     Lauren VanZandt, 26, from New Orleans, Louisiana, shares this video of the Bastrop fire ouside of Austin, Texas. She first identified the smoke while on US-71 at around 4 p.m. on September 4. She says, 'You'll notice the north-bound side is not blocked off which we think was due to evacuating people from their homes. We saw one truck driving north slowly in the right lane, walking a horse alongside the truck by leash.'

    She adds, 'I feel so horrible for those who lost their homes and especially for those who may not have been able to evacuate. I have always been on the windy, rainy, flooding side of hurricane and tropical storm weather, and have never thought about what can happen so far inland from the wind and lack of rain.'
    - elchueco, CNN iReport producer

    Highway 71

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