On September 4th, 2011 two fires broke out in central Bastrop County that merged into one fire that became known as the Bastrop County Complex Fire. This fire, tended by high winds, eventually burned over 34,000 acres in Bastrop County, destroying over 1600 homes. All but about 100 acres of the Bastrop State Park was also lost in the fire. It has been listed as the single most destructive wildfire in Texas history. For those of us that call Bastrop County home it is truly heartbreaking to witness the loss of our beloved Lost Pines. So where does this leave us with organizing the First Annual Heart of Texas Green Expo?
The work on the Expo began about two months before the fire. Understandably, we took a little break from our efforts as three members of our founding organization, Keep Bastrop County Beautiful, had lost their homes. Once everyone was over the initial shock and getting back to some sort of normalcy we debated on whether or not to move forward with the Expo. It was decided with overwhelming support that if there were ever a need for this kind of event in Bastrop that it was now. The Bastrop County Complex Fire has galvanized our efforts to make this event part of the rebuilding efforts of Bastrop County.
We hope that you’ll join us for this celebration that will be an invaluable part of the reconstruction efforts of Bastrop County.