Firefighting, Wildland Firefighting

Fire Brings Painful Memories for Texas Residents

With a month to go until the two-year anniversary of the Bastrop County Complex Fire (TX), area residents had an unpleasant sense of déjà vu as brown clouds of smoke billowed through the sky, reports the Austin Statesman.

However, the fire that started Monday afternoon at the Smithville city dump’s brush pile off Upton Road was under control by Tuesday morning, unlike the September 2011 fire that has been noted as the most destructive wildfire in Texas history after more than 34,000 acres and 1,691 homes were destroyed. Two lives were also lost in that massive fire.

Monday’s fire claimed about 232 acres and resulted in the evacuation of 36 residents, according to Smithville fire marshal Jack Page. Firefighters who responded to the fire were able to get it under control before any structures were burned. Nobody was injured.

According to Bastrop County Emergency Management Director Mike Fisher, the cause of the fire was a lightning strike from storms over the weekend.

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