Latest Texas Wildfire Pictures and Video

Wildfires Devastate Drought-Stricken Central Texas Firefighting helicopters dump water and flame retardant after loading up with water from a pond at Lost Pines Golf Club as they fight a fire in Bastrop State Park September 6, 2011 in Bastrop, Texas. Several large wildfires have been devastating Bastrop County for the last two days. (Getty Images)more pics » (Getty Images) With over 1,000 homes destroyed and more than 2 million acres of land ablaze, the Texas wildfires continue to rage on unabated. As new pictures and video emerge, we're given a better look into the mass scale of destruction.
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The fires have come as the result of intense dry and windy conditions. This past year has been the worst single-year drought on record -- as of August 30, 81 percent of Texas' land was classified by the US Drought Monitor scale as victim to "exceptional drought."

The wildfires have been so intense and large scale that Texas governor and 2012 GOP hopeful, Rick Perry, was forced to leave the campaign trail and return to his home state. As the wildfires rage on, here are the latest pictures and video of the chaos in Texas.

Wildfires Devastate Drought-Stricken Central Texas
The remains of burned homes cover the ground on the east side of Lake Bastop on September 6, 2011 outside Bastrop, Texas. Several large wildfires have been devastating Bastrop County for the last two days. (Getty Images)more pics »Wildfires Devastate Drought-Stricken Central Texas
Gaye Jaco (front) hugs her stepdaughter Jennifer Leaver upon returning to their burned down home on the east side of Lake Bastop on September 6, 2011 outside Bastrop, Texas. Several large wildfires have been devastating Bastrop County for the last two days. (Getty Images)more pics »Wildfires Devastate Drought-Stricken Central Texas
One of several classic motorcycles sits charred among the remnants of a burned down home on the east side of Lake Bastop on September 6, 2011 outside Bastrop, Texas. Several large wildfires have been devastating Bastrop County for the last two days. (Getty Images)more pics »
  • Wildfires Devastate Drought-Stricken Central Texas
  • Wildfires Devastate Drought-Stricken Central Texas
  • Wildfires Devastate Drought-Stricken Central Texas
  • Wildfires Devastate Drought-Stricken Central Texas
  • Wildfires Devastate Drought-Stricken Central Texas
  • Wildfires Devastate Drought-Stricken Central Texas
  • Wildfires Devastate Drought-Stricken Central Texas
  • Wildfires Devastate Drought-Stricken Central Texas

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