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More destroyed homes feared in fire

Authorities said they expect the number of homes destroyed by a massive Texas wildfire to increase from the nearly 1,400 they have already tallied.

Bastrop County Judge Ronnie McDonald said that crews have not had an opportunity to go in and count homes in some areas because of smouldering hot spots.

Authorities have said that nearly 1,400 homes have been destroyed by the wildfire that has been raging for a week in and around Bastrop, a city near Austin.

A spokesman for the team of US federal, state and local agencies responding to the fire also said the number was expected to rise.

Spokesman Bruce Prud'homme also said the wildfire is now 50% contained, up from the 40% figure announced earlier on Saturday.

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