Safety precautions for homeowners after Hidden Pines fire

BASTROP (KXAN) — While residents are allowed back in their homes following the devastating Hidden Pines fire, officials want the community to still be aware of the present dangers and take safety precautions. With unpredictable weather heading towards Bastrop County, residents may not be entirely out of the wood yet.

Power was restored to the area by the Bluebonnet Electric Co-op, but people should still be careful when and if they need to use generators.

  • Generators should never be run indoors, only well ventilated spaces
  • Do NOT refuel generator while it is running
  • Do NOT plug into a wall outlet in attempts to power your house, poses threat to utility workers

While water is not currently contaminated in the area, there is always that risk when storms are present.

  • Boil water a full two minutes before drinking

Downed power lines are the biggest concern after Bluebonnet Electric Co-op just fixed all the damage caused by the fire. Trees burned by the fire have the highest likelihood of falling onto electrical lines.

  • NEVER approach or walk close to a downed power line, it could still be active
  • Do NOT drive over a downed power line
  • Leave your house immediately if you hear shifting or odd noises that could indicate a structure, tree or power line about to collapse
  • Contact Bluebonnet if you observe any downed power lines 1-800-949-4414

Drivers area also asked to be aware of the firefighters and utility workers still in the area putting out the remaining 20 percent of the fire still active.

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