BASTROP COUNTY, Texas (KXAN) — Firefighters in Bastrop County say four brush fires in Bastrop County burned close to 20 acres Wednesday afternoon.
The fires started around 12:00 p.m. One fire was located Farm to Market 535 near Pearce Lane in Cedar Creek, scorching about five acres. The fire on Northside Lane and Thousand Oaks Drive were similar sizes. A fourth fire on Synergy Drive burned around 2-3 acres.
By 1:45 p.m., the Bastrop County Office of Emergency Management reported that the fires weren’t advancing and crews on scene were working on mopping up the fire.
One of the fires came close to threatening some structures, but fire crews were able to keep it under control so no property, people or animals were harmed.
The cause of the fires is under investigation, but it’s possible — because the fires are all along FM 535 — that it could have been caused by a driver either hauling something flammable or throwing cigarette butts out the window.
“What we’ve seen in the past is sometimes, if someone’s pulling a barbecue pit, there could still be ashes in it that bounce out,” Bastrop County ESD 1 Assistant Fire Chief George Priest said. “Sometimes people, especially younger folks, they’ll throw a fire cracker in the ditch. Sometimes it’s cigarette butts.”
Priest said the windy, dry conditions in the area provide for the perfect conditions for brush fires to spread. He said he wants to warn people driving along roads with fields on either side to take extra precaution and avoid throwing anything flammable onto the sides of the roads.
Wednesday morning in Austin, the Fire Department said they had responded to 67 grass, trash and related fires in the past 24 hours.