Burnet Co. wildfire started from hay bale ‘spontaneously combusting’

Hill Country

BURNET COUNTY, Texas (KXAN) — A wildfire in Burnet County that started Sunday afternoon is being attacked by multiple agencies, according to a Facebook post by the Burnet County Sheriff’s Office.

The sheriff’s office said the fire is west of County Road 108 and north of Burnet.

Burnet County Judge James Oakley tells KXAN they believe the fire started after a hay bale spontaneously combusted on a ranch.

The fire is estimated to be about 737 acres on ranch land and 60 percent contained as of 4:30 p.m. Monday.

Two helicopters and several fixed wing planes are helping drop retardant in the area. The attack from the air has been the best defense since crews can’t get much equipment to the hilly, rocky area where the fire is burning.

“We have helicopters. We have heavy air tankers,” Jake Gosschalk, a wildland urban interface specialist with the Texas A&M Forest Service, said. “We have on the ground bulldozers as well as engines on the ground that will spray water on the fire itself.” 

Currently, no evacuations have been ordered. If necessary, authorities said evacuation notices would be sent using reverse 911 to alert residents.

Firefighters have been busy in the Hill Country. Last week, the Smith West fire along the Blanco-Llano  County line scorched 680 acres before being put out. The County Road 308 fire in Llano County is still burning with 80 percent containment and 1,200 acres burned. 

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