LLANO COUNTY, Texas — As of 9:45 p.m. Friday, crews continue to fight the Twin Starts fire just off Highway 71 in Llano County. It is just the most recent wildfire to start in the area since Tuesday, after both the Sandstone Mountain and Slab fires started that day.
As of Friday night, the 450-acre Twin Starts fire was 90% contained. Crews spent the day patrolling the area and looking for hotspots close to containment lines that could pose a threat.
Authorities also reported Friday night that the 351-acre fire at Sandstone Mountain in Llano County was 100% contained. Crews have been working to put out the fire since early Thursday evening.
The Texas A&M Forest Service responded to that fire, which is located along State Highway 71 and County Road 307.
Aside from the Sandstone Mountain fire, crews are also responding to another nearby fire. That one, labeled the Slab Road fire, has so far burned 57 acres and is 90% contained.
According to the Llano County website, a burn ban has been in effect for the county since late January.
The latest fire comes soon after Gov. Greg Abbott said the state is coordinating its response to ongoing wildfires burning across Central and West Texas.
The Texas A&M Forest Service Predictive Services Department said the potential for large wildfires exists in the Hill Country and Rolling Plains through Friday, in areas including Childress, Vernon, Abilene, Brownwood, Lampasas, San Angelo, Ozona and Fredericksburg, according to a release.
Triple-digit temperatures, combined with extremely dry vegetation and high winds, will increase the risk of fire activity in significant portions of the state through the weekend.
Earlier this week, the forest service raised the State Wildland Fire Preparedness Level to Level 5 (PL 5) due to a significant increase in fire activity across the state, potential for large fires that are resistant to control, as well as the increased commitment of state and local resources to fires.
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