BASTROP COUNTY, Texas -- The Smithville Fire Department had requested evacuations of all persons in the area of Upton Road and Copeland Hill Drive due to a brush fire earlier Monday.
Smithville police say 30-40 people had been evacuated, those evacuees were taken to the First Baptist Church in Smithville but officials say they are now being allowed back in their homes. Law enforcement will be tracking who returns home to make sure everyone is accounted for.
The Smithville Police Department tells KVUE News the fire began at 3:30 p.m. Helicopters from STARFlight and teams from the Texas Forest Service are aiding in the firefight.
Smithville Fire Chief James Elam says 100 firefighters from different agencies were on the scene to help stop the blaze. Most crews will leave, though 17 firefighters from ESD #2 will remain overnight to watchover the fire which is now said to be 50 percent contained.
Police say there has been no damage to structures and fortunately no injuries.
At 9:30 p.m. fire officials said the fire had spread to 220 acres, and they were able to surround the head of the fire to try and contain it.
Smoke from the Smithville fire could be seen by the National Weather Service's satellite and radar.
There is no word on what caused the brush fire but wind was a major issue in fighting the fire Monday, officials said.