DRIPPING SPRINGS, Texas (KXAN) — Fire crews responded to a brush fire in Dripping Springs Wednesday afternoon that prompted evacuations for some homes.
The Hays County Sheriff’s Office said evacuations previously in place for 10 households were lifted. A temporary evacuation shelter was set up at the Dripping Springs Ranch Park, 1042 Event Center Dr.
The fire is in the 2500 block of Gatlin Creek Road. Crews asked the public to avoid the area, so firefighters could access the scene.
The Hays County Office of Emergency Management said a helicopter made bucket drops on the fire. It also said the Texas A&M Forest Service responded with bulldozers and additional air resources.
The county said the fire was about 75 acres around 4 p.m. Wednesday. But just before 10 p.m., the Texas A&M Forest Service reported the fire, named the “Gatlin Creek Fire,” grew to 100 acres and was 20% contained.
As of Thursday night, the fire was 85% contained.
Seven agencies responded to fight the fire. They were assisted by Travis County STAR Flight and other planes to drop water on the fire. North Hays Fire and Wimberley Fire were both involved, according to Hays County.
To make sure there’s enough water to fight the fire, Dripping Springs Emergency Management said customers of the Dripping Springs Water Supply Corp. will be under stage 4 watering restrictions temporarily. All outdoor watering is suspended until further notice. Customers will be notified once the restrictions are lifted.
The cause of the fire is pending investigation.