BASTROP — In the parking lot at the Home Depot, over coffee and pancakes in the Whataburger, at the Shell convenience store, the recovery of Bastrop County has begun.

In conversations. Between neighbors, friends, even strangers.

"After everything that's happened — we lost everything we had, except ourselves and the clothes on our back — it feels good to talk to someone who's in the same boat," said Dona Suarez, 56, talking with a group of seven neighbors about what to do next outside the home supply retailer on Texas 71.

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Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.


Thank you so much for the assistance you have provided us during the past year. We appreciate the information and advice you have shared with us and with all the Poway fire families. Your expertise and help have been invaluable during this recovery process.

Witch Creek Fire Survivor, 2007