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Tuesday, November 29th, 2016

Fire marshal: ‘Improper burning’ caused 150-acre grass fire near Kyle

Hays County Fire Marshal Clint Browning said today that the 150-acre grass fire east of Kyle on Monday was caused by a resident improperly burning household garbage in a backyard.

Sunday, October 23rd, 2016

Letter: Hays County fire, EMS chiefs back bond proposals, ESD expansion

The first responders urge residents to vote for Hays County bond props. 1 and 2; creation of Hays County Emergency Service District No. 9; and expansion of ESD No. 7.

Thursday, February 11th, 2016

Hays, Caldwell impose burn ban as drought conditions ease upward

With high winds and low humidity in the forecast, the Hays County Commissioners Court this week reinstated a ban on outdoor burning in unincorporated areas of the county. Officials in Travis and Caldwell counties also imposed burn...

Monday, October 26th, 2015

With burn ban lifted, Hays County official reminds residents of still-missing flood victims

Hays County Judge Bert Cobb lifted the ban on outdoor burning in unincorporated areas of the county on Monday after days of rainfall eased wildfire conditions.

Thursday, August 7th, 2014

Rising drought index reignites Hays County burn ban

Citing a rapidly increasing drought index rating, the commissioners court on Tuesday reinstated a ban on outdoor burning in unincorporated areas of Hays County.

Thursday, January 9th, 2014

Update: No reason to suspect foul play in fatal trailer fire, marshal says

Investigators have not found reason to suspect foul play or criminal activity in the trailer house fire that killed two people early Wednesday, the Hays County fire marshal said this afternoon.

Wednesday, October 16th, 2013

Lab mishap temporarily shuts down STAR tech park

Firefighters quickly shut down a malfunctioning vacuum pump that tripped fire alarms at STAR Park, a Texas State University technology research facility on Hunter Road in south San Marcos.

Thursday, February 28th, 2013

Update: No evidence to suggest arson in Wimberley blaze

Hays County investigators say they found no evidence of arson or other wrongdoing in the Friday fire that destroyed Ace Hardware, Wimberley’s third-largest employer.

Monday, February 25th, 2013

Updated: Fire levels Ace Hardware in Wimberley

A fire that raged Friday night at the Ace Hardware in Wimberley resulted in a complete loss of the building, according to Hays County Fire Marshall Mark Chambers, who said the damages are estimated at $3 million.

Tuesday, January 8th, 2013

Commissioners lift burn ban in anticipation of rain

Nodding to recent rainfall, the Hays County Commissioners Court this morning lifted its outdoor burning ban, but warned that it could be re-imposed as soon as later this week.

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