Officials Track Bastrop Fire Sources to Surrounding Trees

Posted By The Carlson Law Firm || 21-Sep-2011

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Investigators are crediting Bastrop trees as the cause of the Bastrop fire, noting that two separate instances of falls and branch interference provoked sparks resulting in two separate fires that merged into a catastrophic disaster for some Austin residents.

A tree that fell onto power lines on Charlois Driver caused sparks among the drought ridden ground below, officials said.

The second dangerous fire that later merged with the first appears to be caused by branches and limbs that became tangled with Blue Bonnet Electric Cooperative lines, spreading swiftly along dry brush.

“At the Schwartz Ranch Road location, a professional survey of the area by our investigators places one tree well outside our right-of-way,” Bluebonnet CEO, Mark Rose said. The other tree that may have contacted our lines was apparently moved by a bulldozer during firefighting efforts.”

Although the inferno obliterated approximately 1,500 Bastrop homes, no citations have been given by the Texas Forest Service.

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If you or someone you love has endured loss of life or property, or experienced serious injury, as a result of the Bastrop fire or accompanying smoke, call our Austin fire damage attorneys at 888-335-7492, contact us online or visit our Austin law offices. We can help you fight for fair and just insurance compensation and help you pick up the pieces after this devastating Central Texas fire.

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