WIMBERLEY, Texas (KXAN) — Evacuations in Wimberley lifted Friday evening when the Hermosa Fire reached about 45% containment.
Mandatory and voluntary evacuations were put in place after the wildfire broke out Wednesday afternoon.
“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 said.
The Texas A&M Forest Service said the fire was at 70% containment Saturday afternoon.
Cooper Doss and his family live on Bluff View, where there was a mandatory evacuation. He said Wednesday afternoon he woke up from a nap to his worst nightmare.
“We heard that there was a fire. Someone texted us, and we drove down the road, and we saw flames above the trees. Pretty crazy stuff,” Doss said.
Doss went in and out of the subdivision checking in on the neighborhood.
“Getting updates from the higher ups, and then we’ve brought some friends down here to look at it whose have houses in here too,” Doss said.
Some of Doss’ neighbors, like Vic Forsyth, stayed the night at First Baptist Wimberley.
“We grabbed a few picture albums and those kind of things and off we went. Things we didn’t want to lose out of the family,” Forsyth said.
The Hays County Fire Marshal said the fire started at a construction site and appears to be accidental. Texas A&M Forest Service said Thursday that it could take days to get this fire fully contained.
Hays County said 14 primary homes were threatened, but only one sustained minor damage. Two “out building structures” had minor damage as well.