A fire reported at approximately 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday has left between an estimated 150 and 160 acres damaged. Several homes in the vicinity were threatened and residents were voluntarily evacuated. The fire took place at a residence on Rancho Encino Drive at Ranch Road 12 and spread rapidly.
Texas Forest Service Public Information Officer Jan Fulkerson described approximately six homes being affected with fire in their property and near the home.
“None of the homes ignited, we did have direct structure protection on a few of those to keep it from happening,” said Fulkerson. “Luck played a part on some of it, some of the homes had wooden attachments that could have ignited, had they ignited the home would have probably ignited also.”
South Hays County Fire Department was acting on a fire reported at Guadalupe County at the time of the call, prompting the Wimberley Fire Department to take the initiative.
“This is South Hays Fire Department area, but they were on another fire so we had to come to it and start off,” said Wimberley Fire Chief Carroll Czichos.
Czichos stated the fire’s origin as an unattended cooking fire.
“It was actually a cooking fire that jumped out of a container once they left,” said Czichos. “It jumped out of the barbeque pit and onto the grass. The people that started that were not here; they left and went into San Marcos.”
Water was not readily available to contain the fire, which posed a significant problem and a threat to those involved.
“We started sending trucks back and forth to San Marcos when we started,” said Czichos. “Water is always a problem but when there’s pools that definitely helps.”
Two pools in the neighborhood were the primary source of water. Czichos estimated one pool to have 25,000 gallons of water and the other at 11,000 gallons.
Czichos projects a half a dozen vehicles were damaged. The San Marcos Fire Department, Kyle Fire Department, South Hays Fire Department, The Texas Forest Service, Star flight and The Hays County Sheriff Department were also present in containing the fire. Residents were escorted back into their properties at about 7 p.m. once the fire was contained and it was determined safe.
Fulkerson explained two other fires were reported in Hays County, as well as in Bastrop, Guadalupe and Williamson County.
“I wouldn’t be surprised if Blanco County got one too,” said Fulkerson. “We are very dry; we are very hot, any amount of wind with the amount of dry fuel that we’ve got, this fire burned from every seeder that it touched, it torched into the oaks. Fires can get real hot, real big, real fast.”
By ANDY SEVILLA
Photo credits to Kathy Misiaszek
These photos were taken yesterday in the 7000 block of Ranch Road 12
Kathy is wearing the white T-shirt and jeans and helping the South Hays FD.Email | Print