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Crews battle two wildfires as combined scorched-earth tally surpasses 2,500 acres

FROM STAFF REPORTS

Texas A&M Forest Service crews continued to battle wildfires in Blanco and Llano counties July 19 in the areas of Smith West Ranch Road and CR 308 by dousing hot spots, setting so-called 'back burns' to carve out a containment perimeter, and using aircraft and bulldozers. Courtesy photos

Texas A&M Forest Service crews battled wildfires in Blanco and Llano counties July 19 in the areas of Smith West Ranch Road and CR 308 by dousing hot spots, setting ‘back burns’ to carve out a containment perimeter, and using aircraft and bulldozers. Courtesy photos

LLANO COUNTY — Llano County emergency officials launched into action July 18 as the second of two large wildfires continued to rage through an undeveloped area northwest of a Blanco County blaze.

As of July 19, Llano County Judge Mary Cunningham, representing the county emergency management office, stated the fire on primarily undeveloped land on CR 308 was 60 percent contained as of that morning.

However, the road that intersects with Texas 71 remained closed to everyone except fire crews and other first responders.

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No structure damage nor loss of life have been reported. The CR 308 Fire, as it’s called, had burned about 1,800 acres.

Officials are asking people not to fly drones within a 5-mile radius of the area due to fire crews using aircraft to help battle the blazes.

The wildfire came on the heels of a blaze believed to have been started by fireworks July 17 on mainly undeveloped land in primarily Blanco County on the Llano County line.

Marble Falls Fire Rescue and the Marble Falls Police Department staged their communications command mobile unit in Blanco County to assist with the regional effort to battle two wildfires, which, as of July 19, reportedly scorched at least 2,500 acres.

Marble Falls Fire Rescue and the Marble Falls Police Department staged their communications command mobile unit in Blanco County to assist with the regional effort to battle two wildfires, which, as of July 19, reportedly scorched at least 2,500 acres.

That fire, called the Smith-West Fire, has scorched about 800 acres, resulted in at least one property evacuation, and taken a toll on fire crew resources, officials said.

As temperatures continue to soar into the triple digits, Llano County officials are working with assistance entities to collect donated resources for first responders.

The Marble Falls Community Resource Center, 1016 Broadway, will collect items and monetary donations until 3 p.m. July 19 in order to coordinate packing and delivery of goods to the authorized entities.

According to the center, the list of requested items include bottled water, sunscreen, trail mix, wet wipes, chapstick, and cool wraps (bandanas).

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2 Responses to “Crews battle two wildfires as combined scorched-earth tally surpasses 2,500 acres”

  1. common sense says:

    if it was started by fireworks….how stupid to you have to be to be playing around with that stuff during hot, dry weather???? who ever did it ought to be in jail for a long time!! who ever did it….YOU’RE STUPID!! GET YOUR HEAD OUT OF YOUR BUTT!!!

  2. Carol Coldewey says:

    If I remember, a smaller fire was caused earlier this year on 962 by someone setting off fireworks. What in the world is going on?? Do the authorities know who is causing this? If so, some drastic action needs to be taken.

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