Country stars helping Texas wildfire victims

October 20, 2011 - 10:11 AM

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Dixie Chicks lead singer Natalie Maines says "there was zero hesitation" when her band was asked to help raise money for victims of the recent wildfires in her home state of Texas.

The band joined fellow country music stars George Strait and Willie Nelson during a mega-concert Monday night that's expected to raise more than $500,000.

A fire that started Sept. 4 in Central Texas' Bastrop County destroyed at least 1,500 homes and killed two people.

Maines told the crowd that she was worried that without homes, "you all might not look lovely." But she told them they all looked fantastic.

Nelson recently spent time filming a movie in Bastrop and called the fires "tragic." He says he's lost homes to fire and knows how devastating it can be.