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Cold front may mean more wildfire trouble

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

People living in the area devastated by the tri-county Riley Road wildfire are still on edge. A cold front is moving in this morning and the fear is the weather will make the region prime for another fire outbreak.

Eyewitness News toured Magnolia on Monday and there are still a lot of downed, burned trees to clear weeks after the fire's last flames.

Crews are working around the clock to load it up and haul the timber away for harvesting. And residents like Kay Barr, who lost her entire home to the Riley Road fire, are begging people to be extra cautious about open flames outside when we have these red flag warnings.

"Be safe about what you're doing," she said. "It might just be a small grass fire for you, but as you can see it was really devastating for me."

Firefighters say you can create a safe zone for your home by getting rid of any dry pine leaves and brush around it, and from your rooftop. And keep in mind, burn bans are still in place.

Benefit for Bastrop

Some of country music's biggest names came together to raise money for the thousands of people devastated by that massive wildfire in Bastrop. The Dixie Chicks, George Straight and Willie Nelson are just some of the singers who took part in a mega-concert in Austin last night. They raised a half-million dollars for fire victims.

Images of the wildfire played on monitors, a constant reminder of why everyone was there. The money raised during yesterday's concert will be sent directly to charities benefiting wildfire survivors.

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