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Tomorrow Marks One Year Since Central Texas Wildfires

Lea Luchsinger
Smoke filled the skyline as wildfires broke out across Central Texas last Labor Day weekend.

Tomorrow marks the one year anniversary of the Central Texas wildfires.

Thousands of people were forced out of their homes last Labor Day weekend by the massive wildfires and clouds of black smoke.

The fires went on to claim two lives and destroy more than 1,600 homes and thousands of acres of land.

Chris Barron is the Executive Director of the State Firemen’s & Fire Marshals' Association. He recalls getting the first notification about a fire in Pflugerville.

"We sent a brush truck from my fire department up there and a tender, a water tender up there, and, next thing you know, Spicewood had a major fire also and then Steiner Ranch had a major fire and so it was just back to back to back," Barron says.

KUT News is looking back on the fires with a special one-hour feature tomorrow afternoon at 3 p.m. Below, you can watch a trailer for "Forged in Flames: An Oral History of the Labor Day Wildfires."

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