KYLE, Texas (KXAN) — Multiple fire departments were fighting a large grass fire east of Kyle, Monday afternoon. At around 4 p.m., officials said the fire is contained and evacuees can return home.
Three sheds and several cars were fully engulfed in the fire that started at 1:31 p.m. There are no reports of injuries or damage to homes. The sheriff’s office said deputies evacuated several homes near the estimated 150-acre fire. Evacuees needing a place to wait were asked to stay at the Science Hall Elementary School gym on Bebee Road. Hays County ISD buses are expected to be running shortly to the fire area for students trying to get home.
The fire burned near the 2200 block of Matthias Lane, near the intersection with Peaceful Valley Road, according to the Hays County Office of Emergency Management.
Trash burning was to blame for the fire, according to the county fire marshal. High wind and dry vegetation made conditions much worse for firefighters. Authorities have not decided if they’re going to charge the person responsible.
Tony Mejia, who lives in the neighborhood, says he jumped into action after realizing what was happening.
“All you could see was a bunch of smoke, a lot of smoke, and my first instinct were my animals, I’ve got a bunch of cows. And they were good so I went to neighbors and I was telling them there was a fire all over the place down there. So I grabbed my Bobcat, and scraped whatever dirt I could to try and put dirt where I could to put out the fire,” said Mejia.
An alert from the Capital Area Council of Governments, CAPCOG, urged residents nearby to evacuate the area safely. You can register for the alerts on the CAPCOG website. The Kyle Fire Department requested additional help from the Wildland Task Force 3.