Energy and Environment Reporting for Texas

Forged in Flames: Listen to a Documentary of the 2011 Labor Day Fires

It started as the perfect fall weekend: Breezy, sunny skies, cool temperatures.

Then it spawned one of the worst disasters in Central Texas history. More than two thousand homes destroyed, landmarks burned, whole habitats changed forever. The Labor Day Wildfires of 2011 took some lives, uprooted others and changed Central Texas history: from the way emergency responders plan for fires to building codes and water usage.

It also brought communities together like never before. These are some of the voices of the fires: A vast oral history project by KUT News to collect and document the fires that swept through Central Texas that tragic weekend of September 2011.

You can listen to the one-hour documentary on KUT 90.5 FM in Austin today, Sept. 4, at 3 p.m., and Wednesday, Sept. 5 at 7 p.m. You can also download the documentary above and transfer it to your phone or iPod (right-click on “Download” and choose “Save As”).


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