NYE fireworks spark 50-acre grass fire along Hays-Travis-Caldwell County lines


AUSTIN (KXAN) — The Austin Fire Department helped other agencies put out an estimated 50-acre grass fire sparked by fireworks on New Year’s Eve.

Travis County Fire Rescue Chief Ken Bailey said the fire started when a firework shot into a nearby field, and the wind Friday night contributed to those flames spreading quickly.

The area where it happened is east of the Ascension Seton Hays Hospital in Kyle, along Rhode and Graef Roads.

An Austin Fire Department spokesman told KXAN the fire was mainly in the Hays area, though he said the fire was large and had been burning since about 9 p.m. Friday.

The fire damaged a corner of a home and a pop up camper according to Chief Bailey.

No one was injured.

AFD firefighters kept busy throughout the night, reporting they responded to over 120 calls in the first two hours of the year. Of those, 18 were dumpster fires.

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