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Cause of Bastrop Fire "Likely Electrical"

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UPDATED 1:55 pm: The full Texas Forest Service report on the cause of the Bastrop Fire is available here.

Earlier: The 34,000-acre Bastrop Fire was "most likely electrical" in nature.  The Texas Forest Service has concluded its investigation into the blaze that destroyed more than 1,500 homes and claimed two lives.

The fire began on Labor Day, when wind speeds were gusting to 40 miles an hour and relative humidity was down to 10 percent.

TFS released the cause of the blaze but not a copy of the investigation report. KUT News has filed an Open Records Request to obtain the information. TFS has up to ten business days to respond. 

The Texas Forest Service says the Bastrop the fire is 95 percent contained. Although temperatures on Labor Day were hovering around 100 degrees, the region had suffered for weeks under record high temperatures. The Electric Reliability Council of Texas issued several conservation requests in late August. 


Nathan Bernier is the transportation reporter at KUT. He covers the big projects that are reshaping how we get around Austin, like the I-35 overhaul, the airport's rapid growth and the multibillion-dollar transit expansion Project Connect. He also focuses on the daily changes that affect how we walk, bike and drive around the city. Got a tip? Email him at Follow him on X @KUTnathan.