359-acre fire in Blanco County now 100% contained

Fire in Blanco county several miles north of Johnson City on July 11, 2017 (KXAN Photo)
Fire in Blanco county several miles north of Johnson City on July 11, 2017 (KXAN Photo)

BLANCO COUNTY, Texas (KXAN) Crews were fighting a large wildfire started by a BBQ pit several miles north of Johnson City for much of Tuesday. While no structures were threatened by the fire, seven residents voluntarily evacuated and have returned to their homes.

No one was injured in the fire, but a Johnson City fire truck was destroyed by the flames. A single structure of an outbuilding was slightly damaged, but not lost.

The 359-acre fire was moving northwest in rough terrain from Trails End Road, near the intersection of Farm Road 1323 and US 281, according to Blanco County Emergency Management. Crews were first called to fight the fire at 1:50 p.m.

Thirty-seven ground crews from 11 different fire departments responded. Travis County STAR Flight and DPS Air Support helped ground crews contain the fire. A shelter was briefly opened at the First United Methodist Church, at 105 LBJ Dr. in Johnson City.

“I am so thankful,” said Sally Armstrong, whose home was close to the fire line. “Their first concern was saving the house and the outbuildings, and boy, they did that. It’s amazing”

Some crews will stay through the night Tuesday to make sure no hot spots flare back up. More crews will return Wednesday to finish putting out any remaining hot spots.

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