AUSTIN (KXAN) — A brush fire in east Travis County prompted evacuations and responses from multiple agencies on Wednesday, but it’s now 80% contained.
A 4:13 p.m. update from Travis County ESD No. 12 on Twitter said the fire is about 25-30 acres. So far, no homes are affected, although some families evacuated in the afternoon for a few hours.
Joseph Iansebo and his family were among those evacuees. He said they packed up their car once they saw smoke creeping into their neighborhood.
“We have like, a gas line, and most of it is all connected together, so if one of them starts burning, it’s just going to keep going the rest,” he said.
ESD No. 12 initially tweeted at 2:49 p.m. that crews began fighting the fire at 13404 FM 969 behind the Sunbelt Rentals. That’s near the Hornsby Bend area, north of Webberville Road.
The Austin Fire Department (AFD) is also helping. The Travis County Sheriff’s Office (TCSO) is evacuating the south end of Barteny Cove, according to a tweet from AFD. The meeting point for evacuees is Gilbert Elementary School.
Fire officials said they’d be on the ground through the night to put out any hotspots.
This was the second fire to break out in the Austin area on Wednesday. Fire officials said both were caused by humans.
The Texas A&M Forest Service helped fight both fires and said folks should be careful when operating equipment like chainsaws and welders in the dry heat.