Crews tackle blaze after high winds whip up brush fire in Lakeway

LAKEWAY, Texas (KXAN) — Several residents in a Lakeway neighborhood were asked to evacuate their homes as Lake Travis firefighters battled a brush fire that started around 3 p.m. on Wednesday.

The fire started in a brush area near Kaden Way and Flint Rock Road in the Flint Valley neighborhood.

“[The fire] just makes me a little bit nervous — when it’s so dry like it is and with the wind like this — that it could spread,” said Jim Pitts, who lives down the road from the fire. “I mean, with all these trees; and there’s so much green space right here; and so many houses around it — just makes me nervous.”

Crews were able to put out the flames about 90 minutes later. The fire burned about 2.5 acres, according to the Lake Travis fire chief Robert Abbott.

Due to high winds and where the fire is located, brush trucks were having a hard time accessing the fire. Approximately half a dozen homes were threatened by the fire.

STARFlight was also called in to assist with the firefighting efforts.

“[Crews and construction workers] tried to get garden hoses out to slow the progress of the fire down, but the wind was… at [the fire's] back and it was pushing it pretty hard,” said Chief Robert Abbott with Lake Travis Fire Rescue. “Obviously the drought’s not going to change by tomorrow, we’re still in a very severe drought condition.”

Fire investigators believe the flames may have been sparked by a worker welding nearby.

While crews battled the flames, Lakeway Police Chief Todd Radford instructed the public to stay away from the area.

According to KXAN News Meterologoist Natalie Stoll, our area saw wind gusts around 30 mph most of the afternoon. The wind advisory ended at 5 p.m.

According to the Austin Fire Department, a fire that destroyed a shed on East Second Street might have been caused by downed power lines.

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