Parts of Bastrop State Park to reopen Dec. 2

November 25, 2011 8:05:19 AM PST
Parts of Bastrop State Park will reopen Dec. 2, three months after devastating wildfires turned the park's picturesque Central Texas hills into blackened fields of pine trees.

Park Superintendent Todd McClanahan says he thinks visitors will be pleasantly surprised by the amount of green they see. But he says he knows people probably won't be inclined to visit after the devastating Bastrop County Complex fires burned 96 percent of the park's 6,600 acres.

Some camping, hiking and day-use areas will be open. But the Austin American-Statesman reports that park cabins are getting new roofs, and primitive camping areas are closed indefinitely.

The fire that began Labor Day weekend about 30 miles east of Austin left two people dead and destroyed at least 1,500 homes.

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