WIMBERLEY, Texas (KXAN) — Several homes were evacuated Wednesday evening as multiple firefighter crews responded to an “active wildland” fire in Wimberley. Evacuations are expected to lift on Friday evening.
At 8:30 p.m. Friday, the Texas A&M Forest Service said the fire, being referred to as the Hermosa Fire, was an estimated 43 acres and 65% contained.
It was earlier reported that the fire was measured closer to 60 acres, but the Forest Service said that they have been able to get more accurate mapping.
“Due to more accurate mapping, the acreage on the Hermosa Fire is now 43 acres. Containment is now up to 65% Local fire departments will be patrolling this evening and additional crews will return in the morning,” a Texas A&M Forest Service spokesperson said.
“All evacuations will be lifted and residents can return to their homes at 6pm. Please use extreme caution as fire fighters and emergency vehicles will still be operating in and around the fire area,” a spokesperson with the Texas A&M Forest Service said.
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.
Evacuations were issued within a one-mile radius of the River Mountain Ranch neighborhood. At least eight homes were mandated to evacuate, and 45 families voluntarily evacuated.
Pastor Scott Tidwell at First Baptist Church Wimberley said at least 24 people stayed overnight Wednesday into Thursday morning, and a couple families stayed in RVs in front of the property. He said they are hopeful the families will get to return home Thursday.
Two homes caught on fire but were saved by firefighters. No injuries have been reported so far.
Fire Marshal Mark Wobus said the fire started at a construction site and appears to be accidental. He also also said the terrain is making fighting the fire difficult.
“It is 20 acres, but that is not one continuous fire,” he said. “The difficulty in the terrain, the fuels that we have that are burning here, a half acre in one area, another acre in another, and that’s what makes it very difficult for containment.”