This Is Important, You Should Watch It of the Day: To illustrate the lethal celerity of the 2011 Texas wildfires, the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department released this footage of a wildfire consuming the 6,000-acre Bastrop State Park, where, as of Tuesday, all but 100 acres have been blackened while firefighters battle to save a number of historic Civilian Conservation Corps cabins.
Over 3.5 million acres — an area larger than the entire state of Connecticut — have been scorched since December. According to the Texas Forest Service, “Six of the 10 largest wildfires in Texas history occurred in 2011.”
Check the Statesman for the latest updates on the most active blazes and stay safe.
[chron / kxan / statesman / video: tpwd via colossal.]