Residents return, 1 home lost after grass fire engulfs 250 acres near Florence

Williamson County

FLORENCE, Texas (KXAN) — Residents are returning after nearly 80 homes were evacuated Thursday evening after a large grass fire threatened communities near Florence. One home was destroyed in the fire, officials said Friday, and there was some damage to farm equipment.

According to Williamson County, the fire was reported near 4271 County Road 233 around 6 p.m. The Williamson County Fire Marshal’s Office said Friday it grew to 250 acres.

In a briefing Thursday night, Chief Robert Shelton, with Williamson County ESD 7, says the fire was fast-moving when they arrived.

Shelton says they called in two neighboring fire departments to help out. When they couldn’t get the fire contained, they requested more help from Williamson, Travis and Bell Counties.

He says 32 fire trucks were working to put out the blaze, and STAR Flight made several water drops before dark. The Texas A&M Forest Service is also using their resources to help, Shelton says.

The fire was 80% contained as of Thursday night, according to Shelton. For the rest of the night, they put a line around the fire and patrolled the area. In the morning, they are working to restore power and will work the fire line.

On Friday, Shelton says they’ll work to put out the remaining hot spots. He explained it’s an extremely rough terrain to work in.

Shelton says one firefighter received a heat-related injury. He was treated on scene and released.

Several agencies that helped with the fire include the Florence, Leander, Liberty Hill, Georgetown, Cedar Park and Jarrell Fire Departments.

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