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NEWSTREAMZ PHOTO by JOE PRATHER

A helicopter uses water from a pond on Staples Road to douse one of four fires that raged across east San Marcos in unincorporated Hays and Guadalupe counties.

From staff reports

Three of four grass fires on the eastern edge of San Marcos are extinguished but one of the blazes is not under control and still threatens several houses, a spokesperson for the Texas Forest Service said at the scene.

The fires have consumed a total of 400 to 500 acres so far, Jan Fulkerson said, with one building lost. “There was one structure burned but it is not clear if it is a barn or a residence or what,” she said.

Fire fighters from Hays and Guadalupe Counties, including the San Marcos and South Hays fire departments, had contained most of the fires, which appear to have started about noon. One of them threatened more than 50 homes in the area of Picasso Drive and River Hills Drive but was stopped within yards of the residences.

Homes still threatened appear to be in an area bound by the Old Bastrop Highway, Scull Road, Staples Road and Texas 80. A segment of Staples Road is closed where fire hoses are laid across.

Arson investigators were at the field command post set up at Staples Road and the Old Bastrop Highway.

— BRAD ROLLINS

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