Firefighters letting Bastrop brush fire burn

Firefighters decided to let a Bastrop County fire burn Monday night.
Firefighters decided to let a Bastrop County fire burn Monday night.

BASTROP, Texas (KXAN) — A small brush fire will continue to burn in Bastrop State Park after it was sparked by lightning Monday evening. Firefighters were called to the blaze, near Harmon Drive and Second Streets in the southeastern part of the park, just before 7 p.m.

The fire was quickly contained and Bastrop County Emergency Management Officials say it will burn for three or four days as the flames consume fuel left over from the 2011 Bastrop Complex wildfire.

“We arrived on scene and determined it was a 4-acre fire — burning some heavy brush and some debris from the 2011 fire,” Bastrop County ESD 2 Asst. Chief Andres Rosales said. “And so we determined that it would be better to manage the fire by doing some back burning in order to extinguish the fire that way to manage it — to keep it contained.”

Firefighters burned an additional acre last night to build a containment line for the blaze.

The fire is measuring about 6 acres and does not pose a threat to any structures or homes. As of Tuesday morning, emergency crews say the fire is still 100 percent contained. There will still be smoke in the area, so authorities are asking people to not call 911 unless they see flames.

Monday evening’s fire was the second of the day for firefighters in Bastrop County. An earlier fire in Tahitian Village was quickly contained because the fire began in an area where county officials conducted fuel mitigation operations.

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