WIMBERLEY, Texas (KXAN) — A brush fire that bloomed to 750 acres in Wimberley Tuesday was 100 percent contained as of noon Wednesday. People who were asked to leave their homes as a precaution were allowed to return Tuesday night.
An air tanker from the Texas A&M Forest Service made its way from Abilene to Wimberley to help fight the fire. Fire departments remained on scene to extinguish smoldering stumps and roots. The Fire Marshal has not yet released the cause of the fire.
Hays County says multiple grass fires started around 2 p.m. in the area of Farm to Market 2325 and Valley Spring Road. A spokesperson for STAR Flight said their help was requested because the fire is threatening homes and is “considerable in size.” The Forest Service assisted with the wildfire by sending an aircraft and bulldozer.
At 4 p.m., the Hays County Office of Emergency Management said the fire was moving toward the Wimberley Springs subdivision. Some homes in the Ledgerock area were evacuated as a precaution. Hays County says the Wimberley Community Center is open to those who can’t get into their homes. No known structures have been damaged at this time.
Around 4:30 p.m., the Hays County Constable Precinct 3 told KXAN the fire was contained, however, the emergency coordinator for the county says the fire is not contained and the county was actually setting up a command post.
The fire, burning in a wooded and brushy area, was making it difficult for ground crews to access.
“A Forest Service tanker is standing by to begin water drops at the head of the fire when that location is determined,” said Hays County Director of Emergency Services Kharley Smith in a press release. The tanker holds 3,000 gallons of retardant.
The Hays News Press reports the fire started across from the Wimberley ISD Sports Field.
Wimberley High School, which is located on Carney Lane just south of FM 2325, put out a tweet stating the school is on regular dismissal time and the road to the school is open. However, the school says parents should avoid the area for the time being since first responders are working the fire. Wimberley ISD sent out an alert stating Bus 6 Route 26 has been diverted to the Community Center in Wimberley. Parents may pick up students there.
As the same time firefighters are working to put out this fire, numerous agencies were working to put out a brush fire east of Lake Pflugerville in Travis County that has since been contained.