Wildfire in Bastrop County 100 percent contained

Firefighters are on the offensive in Bastrop putting out the Royal Pines fire that covered about 35 acres last night.

After two days of firefighting tactics, Fire crews in Bastrop County have contained a wildfire that broke out Saturday afternoon.

The Texas A&M Forest Service said at 7 p.m. Monday, the fire was 100 percent contained. Bastrop County Emergency Management said smoke is expected within the area for the next few days, and crews will continue patrolling.

The cause has yet to be determined.

"We have figured out that it started along 71," said Bales. "Then very quickly came off of that grass and into this brush. And old decaying lumber."

A mandatory evacuation was issued for residents from the Royal Pines area for a few hours Saturday, but they were allowed to return home by 9 p.m. The Texas A&M Forest Service estimated that 30 homes were threatened, but no losses or injuries were reported.

The fire was in the same area as the devastating fire of 2011.

Copperas Creek and Creekside campgrounds in Bastrop State Park were closed overnight as a precaution.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott released the following statement: 

"I have ordered the Texas Department of Emergency Management to make available all necessary resources to assist in battling this blaze. I ask all Texans to keep those in the fire's path in their thoughts and prayers." 




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