Residents within a two-mile radius were asked to evacuate on Saturday afternoon and allowed to return in the evening.
Williamson County, Texas – The Williamson County Office of Emergency Management He said Saturday evening that all evacuees who asked to leave their homes due to the bushfires are now allowed to return.
Williamson County authorities first reported a 100-acre fire in Liberty Hill early Saturday afternoon. This fire has since burned over 456 acres—down from an estimate of 500 acres due to better mapping—and was 100% contained as of 10:45 p.m. Wednesday. Texas A&M Forest Service chirp That the forward advance of the fire had been halted.
The Forest Service said Monday it expects the fire to continue for at least two more days as firefighters see hot spots emerging.
Crews were scanning and improving the containment line until Saturday noon. The Forest Service said atmospheric resources helped cool the ocean and boosted the line with dampers.
Williamson County Judge Bill Gravell said Sunday that 12 loads of DC-10s of inhibitors and 50 loads of water were dumped in the area.
“I know it has been a major inconvenience to close Lake Georgetown, but this is about protecting lives and property, and we appreciate everyone’s patience while crews work hard to put out this fire. Crews will be working overnight, as well as tomorrow,” he said.
The fire started on Tower Road near Lake Georgetown. This is northeast of State Highway 29 and Highway 183. Georgetown Fire Department Later confirmed that the fire spread across the lake. The Texas A&M Forest Service It is called “San Gabriel Fire”.
Residents within a two-mile radius of the fire were evacuated. Santa Rita Prep School was set up as a shelter for those evacuees. The city of Liberty Hill said more than 1,600 residents were notified of the fire and 200 homes were evacuated.
Lake Georgetown and the trails around the lake have been closed for recreational use. They were considered safe on Wednesday.
Georgetown Fire Department Liberty Hill Fire Department The Texas A&M Forest Service is responding along with Travis County STAR Flight and other surrounding departments. A total of 22 agencies responded with at least nine aircraft and two helicopters.
“For the next 24 hours to possible days, crews will continue to stay on this fire, monitor any heat, monitor any smoke, and mitigate any of those hotspots,” said Walter Fluke, a spokesperson for Texas A&M Forestry Service.
There were no reports of injuries or damage to the structure. The cause of the fires is still under investigation.
“I’m no expert on the cost of fires, but I can tell you this, between the local resources we had and the crews that came in from all over the country, I could easily see where that would be the million dollar price tag for fighting this fire,” Gravel said Monday.
Gravel said in a brief update that it will consider strengthening the burning ban already in place and adding more restrictions.
“I have to tell you, fly through this,” he said, “and when you see that you’re only 300 or 400 yards from several subsections in Georgetown and 300 or 400 yards from Santa Rita Ranch, we were lucky.” “We were lucky because of the good firefighters and great pilots.”
For a map of wildfire activity across Texas, click here.
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