APTOPIX Texas Wildfires

September 6, 2011 - 10:25 AM
Smoke from a wildfire hangs in the sky, Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2011, in Bastrop, Texas. Officials hope that calmer winds Tuesday will help firefighters battling a wildfire that has destroyed nearly 500 homes in Central Texas and forced thousands of residents to evacuate to shelters to avoid the blaze. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)