Dry, windy conditions fuel wildfires across Central Texas

Smithville brush fire. (Juan Salinas/KXAN News)
Smoke from brush fire in Smithville blocks the sun. (Juan Salinas/KXAN News)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Even though winds are expected to die down Tuesday evening, the threat of wildfire remains as drought conditions worsen across Central Texas.

On Tuesday afternoon, firefighters across the area responded to several brush fires in Bastrop and Williamson counties.

Bastrop County

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  • 1 sq. mile = 640 acres

The largest wildfire in Bastrop County is burning in the Smithville area. The brush fire, dubbed the Luecke Fire, started at 12:40 p.m. and has burned approximately 150 acres and is 10 percent contained as of 35 p.m., according to the Texas A&M Forest Service. The MD Anderson research facility was evacuated as a precaution.

As of 6 p.m., people living on Anne Powell Road are being evacuated and people on KLBJ Road were on standby evacuations. The Smithville Recreation Center has opened up as a shelter.

Full coverage on the fires in Bastrop County here.

Williamson County

A brush fire northeast of Taylor has burned 88 acres and is 80 percent contained as of 4:20 p.m. Several agencies are assisting with the fire, along with the Austin Police Department’s helicopter. No structures are in threatened in this fire.

Full coverage on the fire in Williamson County here.

 

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