Bastrop County brush fire fully contained, crews to put out hot spots Tuesday

Bastrop County

BASTROP, Texas (KXAN) — Throughout Monday, Bastrop County firefighters and other departments responded to the scene of a brush fire on Cassel Way near State Highway 21 and FM 1441 in Bastrop.

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A brush fire in Bastrop Dec. 30, 2019 (Becky Jeanes Photo)

Crews worked until 11 p.m. Monday, and they say it is 100% contained.

An update from officials Tuesday afternoon said crews are on scene “continuing mop up and reinforcing containment lines.”

“We have a dozer line around the fire and the fire is not growing any more at this time,” Bastrop ESD No. 2 Fire Chief Josh Gill said.

He went on to say there’s no danger of the fire moving due to cooler temperatures and low winds.

Monday afternoon, the City of Bastrop said there was no risk to residents within the city limits, but this didn’t relieve nearby residents.

“We just started watching smoke,” says Greg Knapp, who lives close to the area. “And then it got heavier. My friend called me from the forest service and said, ‘Hey, I’m headed your way.”

(Courtesy of Travis Middleton)

Kevin Owens, another resident, says preparation helped safeguard his property because they’d bulldozed around the property.

Bastrop County Emergency Management says flames didn’t reach any building. Christine Files, BCEM Coordinator, says that because the area is bordered by a number of streets, the fire was able to be attacked from a number of different directions.

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