A second wildfire is burning in the Dripping Springs area this summer
A wildfire near the Hays-Blanco county line, named Storm Rider Fire, has burned about 200 acres, according to the Texas A&M Forest Service.
The fire began in the early afternoon of Tuesday, August 2, moving northwest toward U.S. Highway 290. About three hours after the original reports were received, the Forest Service was still reporting containment. of 0% (last update at 4:13 p.m.). The cause of the burn is still under investigation, according to the Incident Information System.
“Hays County has deployed our Wild Lands Task Force to assist Blanco County,” said Fire Chief Scott Collard of North Hays County Fire Rescue. “The fire is moving fast and threatening multiple properties and structures. Ranch Road 165 is closed to Farm-to-Market 2325 and US Highway 290.”
US Highway 290 was also closed at FM 3232.
“Some people evacuated,” he continued. “Further evacuations may be required. Fire units are defending structures near the county line from the blaze.”
A temporary evacuation center has been set up at Blanco United Methodist Church at 61 Pecan Street. Dripping Springs Ranch Park is home to horses displaced by the fire.
The Texas A&M Forest Service is working in conjunction with local agencies, responding with ground crews, firefighters and aircraft. Those include an air attack platform, three fire chiefs, three single-engine air tankers, a Type Two helicopter and two Texas Military Department Blackhawks, according to the Incident Information System.
There is a temporary flight restriction in place for the area above the fire.
Hot, dry conditions are expected to persist in the region with high temperatures expected to peak at nearly 100 degrees Fahrenheit, according to the Incident Information System.
“Windswept southerly winds will also continue throughout the period, with
speeds near 15 mph and gusts near 25 mph,” the information system said on its website, inciweb.nwcg.gov.
Collard suggested caution and vigilance for those living in and near Dripping Springs.
“Everyone in front of and around the fire should remain aware of their surroundings,” he said. “They can turn on sprinklers in their yards to help defend their structures. If they feel their safety may be compromised, they should leave immediately.”
The Storm Rider Fire is the second 200+ acre wildfire to burn in the Dripping Springs area in the past month. The Gatlin Creek Fire burned more than 325 acres July 6-8.
For updates and more information, visit public.tfswildfires.com or follow Blanco County Emergency Management on Facebook.