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January 31st, 2008
Firefighters contain two-county brush fire near Hays Energy

Managing Editor

Firefighters from three counties are wrapping up control of a grass fire that burned an undetermined amount of land in Comal and Guadalupe counties on San Marcos’ southern periphery.

The fire started about 1 p.m. in Comal County, said a New Braunfels firefighter who did not give his name. High winds accelerate the blaze’s movement and units from the San Marcos, South Hays, Canyon Lake and York Creek fire departments joined New Braunfels in extinguishing the fire.

The fire reached as far east as Texas 1101 and came within a mile of the Hays Energy natural gas-powered electricity generation plant on Francis Harris Road, County Road 265.

Neither the New Braunfels firefighter nor personnel from South Hays could say immediately how many acres had been burned except that the footprint is relatively large. The New Braunfels battalion chief in charge of the operation was still in field and could not be reached at about 5:30 p.m.

Conditions are ripe for wild fire with high winds and low moisture in many parts of Central Texas. Since Comal County lifted a burn ban last week, the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung reported today, Canyon Lake firefighters responded to 14 brush fires in a five-day span.

A burn ban remains in effect in Hays County. On Tuesday, no fewer than four brush fires cropped up in Wimberley, Dripping Springs and Buda burned a couple hundred acres.


» UPDATE: Fire burned 300 acres 02/01/08

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