SPICEWOOD, Texas (KXAN) - Pedernales folks are still picking up the pieces after the devastating wildfire that happened last year.
Labor Day weekend 2011 -- that's when Central Texas was under attack by Mother Nature.
"All in the same day, you had the Bastrop fire break out, Pedernales Bend Fire out here, you had Steiner Ranch, Leander and Pflugerville," said Lt. Kyle Swarts of the Pedernales Fire Department.
With thousands of acres on fire around Travis County, most fire departments were busy defending their own backyards, unable to help neighboring areas.
"You'll see the areas where you'll have house burnt down after house burnt down and a house still standing," Swarts said.
The Pedernales Bend fire lasted for 13 days, burning nearly 7,000 acres and destroying 46 structures.
"You still have a lot of people out here that were affected by the fire, that were run out of their home(s) or lost their homes entirely," Swarts said.
One of those homes belonged to David Thompson. He was out of town when the fire swept through.
"It was all gone by the time we got here," Thompson said. "The only thing left were the four rock pillars in the front, two rock pillars in the back. Two years ago this past June I lost my oldest son to cancer. He was 33. Then we lost this house a year ago this September."
Thompson said building a new home is the easy part. It's cleaning up your entire life after a fire destroys it all that's the hard part.
"It's a little difficult -- every now and again you start to think, 'I'm going to go get this' and that isn't there anymore." Thompson said.
For those who have rebuilt, they built with wildfires in mind. There are more metal roofs and a distinct difference as to where plants and trees were planted around homes.
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