Central Texas Wildfires

Morning update: Bastrop on fire again, evacuations continue

Morning update: Bastrop on fire again, evacuations continue

Overnight 100 firefighters and six DC-10 airplanes kept the Old Potato Fire in check. Flames scorched 1,000 acres beginning yesterday afternoon and forced the evacuation of 30 homes. According to KXAN.com a number of families voluntarily evacuated, a sign of the nervousness that has overtaken a county devasted just one month ago.

Firefighters say light winds, higher humidity and the availability of those firefighting planes all combined to hold this fire down and avoid the destruction of any homes. While the fire appears controlled for now, the dry conditions caused by the worst drought in Central Texas history still make for a difficult and challenging task.

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October 4th, 9pm

Now called "The Old Potato Fire," the latest wildfire in Bastrop county grew to 1,000 acres by 8pm and forced the evacuation of 50 homes. Still, no homes have been lost, and firefighters have the blaze 25% contained.

According to the Texas Forest Service the difference today is air support. Three DC-10 tankers attacked the fire early, keeping it from expanding as quickly as last month's fire. At that time the firefighting planes were busy on other fires and unable to help immediately.

This is the second time many of those evacuated have been forced to leave their homes according to a report from KXAN.com.

Photos of the fire show huge plumes of smoke rising against a stark blue sky. It's a sight most of Central Texas could do without.

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October 4th, 4pm

Bastrop is on fire again. The Bastrop Sheriff's office reports evacuations of about a dozen homes are underway in Herron Trail, and RM 2336 has been closed. The fire is burning just north of Camp Swift, south of U.S. highway 290. Helicopters and planes are dropping water on the flames, so far no homes have been lost as the fire continues to move north. 

The fire began about 2pm near Oak Hill Cemetery road. As of 4:45pm over 600 acres were burning, no cause has been identified.

The fire comes one month after one of the largest fires in Texas history destroyed 1,500 homes and killed two people nearby. Fundraisers are underway to help those vicitms as the clean-up continues.

Margarita Ranch restaurant in Irving
Mararita Ranch in Irving: shuttered. Photo courtesy of Margarita Ranch
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