FREDERICKSBURG, Texas (KXAN) — Multiple crews worked to contain a “large grass fire” Monday near Fredericksburg, the Gillespie County Communications Center wrote on Facebook.
The Texas A&M Forest Service said the Orchard Fire burned approximately 75 acres. Fredericksburg Fire and EMS said the fire threatened structures.
Crews temporarily closed Ranch Road 1631 near Klaerner Road and Palo Alto Creek due to the fire. This was about three miles out of Fredericksburg.
The Texas A&M Forest Service said Monday evening the fire is 100% contained. It credited help from aircraft for the progress in efforts to contain it. Fredericksburg Emergency Management Coordinator Justin Calhoun said the county’s task force also contributed to crews being able to knock the fire down so quickly.
While most of the Orchard Fire burned through grass and brush, Calhoun said the fire got close enough to nearby structures to be a concern.
“We had eight that were imminently threatened,” he said. “And another 50 that we considered threatened as well.”
One of the nearby homes belonged to Kyle Klaerner and his family.
“Worried about mine and the neighbors and the people behind us,” he said. “Had a lot of calls from friends and family asking if we were ok.”