BASTROP COUNTY, Texas (KXAN) — A wildfire in Bastrop County that forced people to evacuate their homes for several hours Saturday was mapped to be 37 acres and is 95% contained on Sunday afternoon, says the Texas A&M Forest Service.
It started because of a cooking fire that got out of control.
On Saturday, the forest service and Bastrop County Emergency Services District No. 2. estimated that the fire was about 100 acres, but after being able to map it Sunday, they downsized it.
Bastrop County Fire Chief Josh Gill told KXAN that all evacuations were lifted Saturday night after residents near Cassel Way and Kelly Road West were ordered to evacuate.
Chief Gill said that crews would remain at the scene all day on Sunday.
A Facebook post from Bastrop County ESD 2 says the 50 firefighters on scene were able to fight the fire around every home, and none were lost. Gill says there were 15 structures threatened, and 24 had to be evacuated.
A church nearby, Timberline Fellowship, opened as a cooling center for residents, which is located at 1199 TX-21 in Paige.
Evacuees needing shelter were asked to go to Timberline Fellowship or call 512-593-2011 to be directed to a designated shelter.
Firefighters responded to the fire on Cassel Way around 5:45 p.m. STAR Flight made 25 water drops along Kelly Road to knock down the head of the fire while there was still daylight, but the darkness forced them to leave Saturday night.
Drivers on Highway 21 were told to use caution because smoke was expected to lay across the highway as the night went on, potentially making it difficult for drivers to see.
Both Cassel Way and Kelly Road were shut down.
Bluebonnet Electric crews took out 71 meters of power in the area as firefighters worked on the flames.
The Texas Forest Service also responded to assist.
A temporary flight restriction was put in place over the area, which included drones, while crews worked to extinguish the flames.