35 acre brush fire in Del Valle fully contained by firefighters

Grass fire along 130 (KXAN photo/Todd Bailey)
Grass fire along 130 (KXAN photo/Todd Bailey)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Firefighters from numerous agencies contained a brush fire in southeast Travis County Tuesday afternoon. The fire started around noon along SH 130 at Farm to Market 812.

Travis County Emergency Service District 11 said crews are in “mop up” mode,” making sure the fire is completely out. Northbound lanes of SH 130 were shut down for hours.

Deputy Chief Jason Pack for ESD No. 11 says the fire burned around 30 to 35 acres. KXAN’s First Warning Weather Team says winds were mostly out of the WNW at 5-10 mph.

STARFlight assisted by dropping water to control the flames. Pack says the help from other agencies was crucial due to the terrain.

“The issue we had was our brush trucks that we normally use were not able to make entry that we would’ve liked to have seen to get to the head of the fire to put it out,” explains Pack. No structures were threatened during the fire.

Travis County reinstated a burn ban on Tuesday with record high temperatures expected this week. Click here for a full list of the counties that are currently under a burn ban.

“It doesn’t matter the dew we have on the ground or the rain we got the day before, with the fuels being cured, dried or dead… they are moving back and they are moving fast,” says Pack.

The Austin Fire Department, Bastrop Fire Department, Manchaca Fire Department and Travis County fire are all on the scene.

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