Brush fire that scorched 80 acres in northeast Travis County mostly contained


TRAVIS COUNTY, Texas (KXAN) — An 80-acre brush fire on Cele Road, about two miles east of Lake Pflugerville, was spreading quickly Tuesday afternoon and is now mostly contained.

The Austin Fire Department said they are helping Pflugerville, Hutto, Round Rock and Manor fire crews in the 8700 block of Cele Road, near Cameron Road.

Crews were first called to the scene at 1:11 p.m. Tuesday. While no buildings or homes were affected, AFD said crews worked to protect livestock.

Chief Ron Moellenberg with Travis County ESD 2 said that low humidity and changing wind made it tougher to contain the fire, and the hills and varied terrain in the area have forced crews to trek from one side to another.

Travis County currently has a burn ban in place and Moellenberg says that the winds can mean that fires are likely to reignite.

“This is not the time to be burning without regard for what’s going on because obviously this fire started on someone else’s property, has burned across several properties now and when we think it’s just grass it’s no big deal, the people that are involved out here, they have a lot at stake,” Moellenberg said.

He added that the fire started on one property and spread to several others. Moellenberg encouraged the public to adhere to the burn ban and to keep an eye out for working crews. Even when they get the fire contained, crews will stay by to make sure it doesn’t flare up again.

He said that while no cause of the fire has been determined yet, the sheriff’s office has been on scene investigating.

A STAR Flight helicopter was at the scene helping.

In Wimberley, crews are fighting a major fire along FM 2325, not far from Jacob’s Well, which is threatening homes.

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