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Prescribed burn gone wrong likely sparked wildfire in Bastrop County, officials say

Controlled burns, used to prevent catastrophic wildfires, are typically safe and rarely get out of control. Experts warn that burns gone awry can scare residents and compromise the critical fire management tool.

The Rolling Pines Fire blazes through Bastrop State Park on Jan. 18, 2022.
Bastrop County Judge Paul Pape speaks to members of the media at a press conference at the park headquarters regarding the Rolling Pines Fire in Bastrop State Park on Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2022.
The Rolling Pines Fire blazes through Bastrop State Park on Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2022.

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