In a sign that victims of September’s 34,000 acre Bastrop wildfire have received the majority of services they need to begin their recovery, the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Disaster Recovery Center in Bastrop will close next Friday.
"Just the physical presence will be gone," FEMA spokesperson Ericka Lopez said. "However, we will still have other federal representatives that will be doing public infrastructure works, as well as additional work in the Bastrop area and other Texas wildfire affected areas."
The agency has fielded 3,048 requests for assistance from people impacted by the massive fires that destroyed over 1,600 homes and claimed two lives.
Victims who haven't applied for FEMA assistance have until December 8 to do so. Once the Bastrop center closes next week, applications and other questions about disaster relief can be directed to the agency's toll-free number, 800-621-FEMA (3362)