Lake Travis fire crews encounter rattlesnake while fighting brush fire

North Lake Travis Fire/Rescue driver/operator Asa Oliver holds the large rattlesnake that was roaming the fire ground on Monday. (Travis County ESD 1)
North Lake Travis Fire/Rescue driver/operator Asa Oliver holds the large rattlesnake that was roaming the fire ground on Monday. (Travis County ESD 1)

TRAVIS COUNTY, Texas (KXAN) — When brush fires break out, people usually think about structures being damaged but, in many cases, animals need to get away from the flames as well.

On Monday afternoon, firefighters with North Lake Travis Fire/Rescue had to deal with brush fires, rattlesnakes and raccoons. In the span of a couple of hours, the department was tackling three grass fires all in the same area off of Sierra Vista Drive. One of the fires escalated where it destroyed a shed and threatened three nearby homes.

While one crew was busy working on the fire, they came to realize their fire truck was parked right next to a rattlesnake den. Because there were a lot of people in the area, the Jonestown police shot and killed the snake.

A homeowner in the area had pet raccoons and even an iguana that needed shade while crews fought the half-acre fire. With the help of several other fire agencies, no homes were damaged.

North Lake Travis Fire/Rescue Battalion Chief Marcus Faske says they went out back out to the fire scene on Wednesday to see if there were any evidence as to what might have caused the fires but it appears to be undetermined at this time.

Raccoons rescued from brush fire in the North Lake Travis Fire/Rescue area. (North Lake Travis Fire/Rescue)
Raccoons rescued from brush fire in the North Lake Travis Fire/Rescue area. (North Lake Travis Fire/Rescue)
North Lake Travis Fire/Rescue driver/operator Asa Oliver holds the large rattlesnake that was roaming the fire ground on Monday. (Travis County ESD 1)
North Lake Travis Fire/Rescue driver/operator James Ringstaff gives water to an overheated and displaced iguana from the brush fire on July 10, 2017. (Travis County ESD 1)

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