The Rolling Pines Fire in Bastrop County was sparked Tuesday morning and grew to 500 acres and 10% containment as of Tuesday night, according to
the Texas A&M Forest Service. The fire was burning along Power Plant Road and Highway 21, officials said.
“Fire behavior has greatly reduced over the last few hours, allowing for firefighters to use direct attack tactics to create containment line,” the Bastrop County Office of Emergency Management
said in a Tuesday night update. “Our tactical objectives for night shift include continued structure protection and constructing containment line using heavy equipment.”
Bastrop County is located about 30 miles southeast of Austin.
Texas officials deployed multiple resources to combat the fire, Gov. Greg Abbott said Tuesday in a news release
. The Texas A&M Forest Service deployed about 75 firefighters and a medical team was sent to the area. No injuries were reported as of Tuesday night, according to InciWeb
, the clearinghouse for wildfire information in the US.
Bastrop County Judge Paul Pape said Tuesday the fire appears to have started as a prescribed burn that was set to cover 150 acres, according to CNN affiliate KEYE-TV
. “The rest of them were burned as apparently that controlled fire got out of it’s boundaries.
“Today has been a day that is typical for this time of year in this part of Texas, and it’s not unusual for us to see some changing weather conditions as the day progresses and that may be what has happened today,” Pape said.
Carter Smith, who heads the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, said the prescribed fire began at 10:30 a.m., and spotting was seen outside the prescribed area around noon, likely from embers, KEYE-TV
“Resources are in evacuated areas patrolling to detect any containment issues with additional resources being ordered for tonight and tomorrow,” the Bastrop County Office of Emergency Management said in its Tuesday night update. “Winds are expected to die down this evening with increasing relative humidity throughout the night.”
Officials asked Bluebonnet Electric to de-energize power lines along Highway 21 serving more than 300 customers for safety precautions, KEYE-TV reported. A temporary flight restriction has also been issued for the area, officials said.