AUSTIN (KXAN) — Crews are fighting several fires in KXAN’s viewing area including in Hays, Gillespie and Blanco counties. Here’s what we know about those fires.
Multiple homes were evacuated Wednesday evening after crews responded to an “active wildland” fire in Wimberley. It’s being called the Hermosa Fire.
As of Sunday morning, the Texas A&M Forest Service said the fire was an estimated 44 acres and 85% contained. Local fire departments patrolled the area Friday evening and more crews will return Saturday morning, an update from Hays County Office of Emergency Management said.
Evacuations lifted Friday evening at 6 p.m., according to Hays County emergency management.
The fire is in the River Mountain Ranch area between Bluff View and the Blanco River off FM 3237 (Old Kyle Road) and River Mountain Road. Roadways may be closed in nearby areas, including Bluff View, Wimberley Fire Rescue said on Facebook.
Law enforcement started evacuating residents in River Mountain Ranch Wednesday evening, Wimberley Fire Rescue said.
Gillespie County fire
A fire near Fredericksburg, called the Big Sky fire, sparked August 2. The Gillespie County Sheriff’s Office asked people to stay away from the area around Eckert Road and Lower Crabapple Road.
As of Thursday, August 11, the Texas A&M Forest Service reported the fire burned 1,459 acres and 100% contained. The city of Fredericksburg said three barn/shed structures were destroyed, but no homes were lost.
The cause of the fire has been determined as a mechanical malfunction on a piece of equipment which sparked the fire.
Texas A&M Forest Service and local resources will continue periodic patrols and monitoring for hot spots.
Blanco County fire
Agencies responded to a wildfire spreading in Blanco County near the Hays County line that sparked Tuesday. It’s being called the Smoke Rider Fire. It’s not clear what started that fire, but mandatory evacuations were issued.
The fire is at the corner of FM 165 and Las Colinas in Blanco County. As of late Saturday, the fire had burned 1,210 acres and was at 90% containment, according to the Texas A&M Forest Service.
Blanco County EM briefly evacuated some homes in the area out of an abundance of caution. A public information officer for the Texas A&M Forest Service said roughly 30 structures, mostly homes, were evacuated by about 5 p.m. Tuesday. He could not say whether any had been destroyed by the fire. A temporary evacuation center was set up at Blanco Methodist Church at 61 Pecan St.
The Wildland Task force was activated for the fire, according to the Hays County Office of Emergency Management.
Travis County fire
A brush fire in Travis County, the Blue Bluff Fire, flared up again at about 2:20 p.m. Tuesday near FM 973 and FM 969, according to the Austin Fire Department.
As of Saturday morning, the fire was 45 acres in size and 95% contained, according to the Texas A&M Forest Service.
The fire department said bulldozers from the Texas A&M Forest Service are working to help contain the fire and are “making good progress.” AFD said there are still spot fires on the interior, and crews will stay on the scene overnight and Wednesday.
It’s the same location where a fire happened last week.