Horseshoe Bay brush fire at 311 acres, 100 percent contained

HORSESHOE BAY, Texas (KXAN) -- The fire out in Llano County near Horseshoe Bay Airport is at 311 acres and 100 percent contained, Texas Forest Service officials said Sunday afternoon.

Multiple agencies responded to the initial 500-acre brush fire that started Saturday afternoon.

The Marble Falls Fire Department said the fire originated near the 2900 block of State Highway 71. Structures in the area were threatened, according to the forest service's website.  

"I got a text message saying that we needed to evacuate for safety due to the fire," said Melanie Wilk, a Horseshoe Bay resident. 

Voluntary evacuations were issued for the Uplands area in south Horseshoe Bay. More than 100 homes were evacuated. Evacuees were able to seek shelter at the Quail Point Community Center in Horse Shoe Bay at 107 Twilight Lane.

"I panicked," said Wilk. "So, I ran home and grab my children, grandchildren and our animals.” 

The Texas A&M Forest Service responded to a call around 2:30 p.m. from Llano County to assist with the fire. It began as a 400-acre fire and spanned to 500 acres before being 90 percent contained around 8 p.m. 

Burnet County Judge James Oakley posted the cause on his Facebook page along with pictures. The county judge says a spark from a land clearing machine started the fire. Texas Forest Service confirmed the cause, stating it was a mulcher being used in the area to clear vegetation. 

Evacuees were allowed to return home by 10 p.m., according to fire officials. 

The forward progression of the 500-acre Horseshoe Bay fire was stopped Saturday evening around 6 p.m.

Fire crews are expected to work through the night to ensure hot spots are put out. 

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