UPDATE: Horseshoe Bay fire 100 percent contained; total of 311 acres burned

Looking west toward the Horseshoe Bay airport from Mountain Dew Road, smoke can be seen Aug. 25 from a 400-acre fire in the city limits. Residents in the area are being advised to evacuate to Quail Point Lodge. Staff photo by Jared Fields

Looking west toward the Horseshoe Bay airport from Mountain Dew Road, smoke can be seen Aug. 25 from a 500-acre fire in the city limits. Staff photo by Jared Fields

UPDATE, AUG. 26: The Horseshoe Bay fire is 100 percent contained. After more accurate mapping was completed, officials determined 311 acres were burned.

UPDATE: The fire is 90 percent contained as of 8 p.m. Aug. 25. Fire officials will begin allowing residents from the affected areas back into their homes starting at 10 p.m.

PREVIOUS REPORTING

HORSESHOE BAY — Officials reported just before 7 p.m. Aug. 25 that the forward progress of the 500-acre wildfire in the Horseshoe Bay Area has been stopped, according to the Llano County Office of Emergency Management.

The Texas Forest Service listed the fire as 50 percent contained at about 7:10 p.m.

The fire had forced the evacuation of 100-150 residents in the Highlands, Uplands, and Horseshoe Bay South neighborhoods as well as homes along Mountain Dew. The city of Horseshoe Bay is directing people evacuated from their homes to Quail Point Lodge, 107 Twilight Lane. Fire officials said they hope to allow those residents to return to their homes later in the evening Aug. 25.

The Red Cross was responding to support those forced from their homes.

Despite the fire being in an area with many homes and structures, officials said, as of approximately 7 p.m., there had been no reports of any structures damaged from the blaze.

The fire started at about 2 p.m., possibly after land-clearing equipment caused a spark in the dry conditions, according to one official.

Crews from across Llano and Burnet counties responded as well as fire and heavy equipment crews from the Texas Forest Service. Several aircraft, including one helicopter, two single-engine tankers, and one air attack unit are assisting.

The firefighting operations should continue into the night.

The Lower Colorado River Authority has been on the scene and inspected transmission lines and reported no damage, according to officials.

Approximately 23 fire, law enforcement, and supporting organizations have responded to the fire.

For evacuation updates, visit the Horseshoe Bay city website.

 

PREVIOUS REPORTING

HORSESHOE BAY — About 150 homes have been evacuated in Horseshoe Bay as a fire that started along Texas 71 just west of the Burnet County line spread across approximately 500 acres as of 4:45 p.m. Aug. 25.

The fire started at about 2 p.m., possibly after a some land-clearing equipment caused a spark in the dry conditions, according to one official.

Several area fire and emergency agencies responded to the blaze as it approached the Horseshoe Bay airport and many homes and structures. Horseshoe Bay city officials sent out emergency notices advising residents in the vicinity of the airport and the Highlands, Uplands, and Horseshoe Bay South areas to evacuate.

At about 5:15 p.m. Aug. 25, Mountain Dew area residents began evacuating as well.

The city is asking people from the evacuated area to go to Quail Point Lodge, 107 Twilight Lane in Horseshoe Bay. Red Cross is on the way to the area.

According to the Texas Forest Service, as of Saturday evening, the fire was 20 percent contained and forward progress had been slowed.

For evacuation updates, visit the city of Horseshoe Bay website.

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