The "Lost Pines" of 5,926-acre Bastrop State Park are part of an isolated 13-mile belt of Loblolly pines separated from the vast East Texas piney woods by more than one hundred miles. On September 4, 2011, sparks from power lines started three separate fires which merged into the largest wildfire in Texas history. It was finally extinguished on October 29 but not before resulting in two deaths, the burning of more than 34,000 acres, and the destruction of more than 1,500 homes. The fire affected 95 percent of the park, however firefighters were able to save the historic cabins and facilities that were constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930's. The park is recovering from the fire and most trails, campsites and facilities have reopened to the public. State agencies along with the Arbor Day Foundation have launched the Lost Pines Forest Recovery Campaign with the goal of planting millions of trees in and around Bastrop State Park. Taken 15 months after the fire, this view of some of the majestic still-standing although charred Pinus taeda is from the trail between Park Road 1A and the reconstructed shelter at the Fehr overlook.
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