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257-acre wildfire in Dripping Springs now contained

About 10 homes were evacuated due to the flames.

DRIPPING SPRINGS, Texas — Crews have contained a 257-acre wildfire in Dripping Springs that began on Wednesday, the Hays County Office of Emergency Management said.

Firefighters from North Hays Fire and Wimberley Fire were on the scene on the Storm Ranch property off Gatlin Creek Road. A helicopter made bucket drops over the area, and the Texas A&M Forest Service assisted with bulldozers and air resources.

The forest service said on Saturday morning the fire was 100% contained. All state resources have been released and the fire has transitioned back to the local unit.

The fire had previously been estimated at around 325 acres, but the estimate has since decreased to 257.

Evacuations were ordered as a precaution as the fire threatened homes in the area, the Hays County Office of Emergency Management said. Command staff conducted emergency phone notifications for about 10 houses. The evacuation order was lifted around 8:30 p.m. 

A temporary evacuation shelter was set up at the Dripping Springs Ranch Park at 1042 Event Center Drive. It was also accepting any animals, asking those who need assistance to call 737-701-6956. 

The cause of the fire is not yet known at this time. 

Hays County Commissioner Walt Smith, Pct. 4, said he was thank for assistance from the various agencies.

“With the massive support from regional responders, firefighters were able to prevent further spread and damage from the fire,” he said. “Hays County is appreciative of the help from all of the local departments and organizations, as well as those from state agencies. I’d like to specifically recognize the brave men and women of Hays County ESD 6 (North Hays Fire Department) who first responded to the event and remain there to protect our community.”


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