Firefighters Hold the Line in Hidden Pines Fire

After three days of steadily escalating efforts to gain control, officials in Bastrop County were feeling confident Friday evening those efforts have begun to pay off, reports

Dropping 12,000 gallons of flame retardant at a time, a giant DC-10 Very Large Air Tanker (VLAT) ordered from the West Coast delivered relief from above. The tanker joined UH-60 Black Hawks and CH-47 Chinook helicopters that have been dropping a steady deluge on the Hidden Pines Fire since Wednesday.

“Today was a good day for firefighting in Bastrop County,” Bastrop County Judge Paul Pape told KVUE Friday. Briefing residents Friday evening at the Smithville Recreation Center, Pape said good weather helped firefighters hold the line. The 4,500-acre blaze was estimated to be between 40 and 50 percent contained by nightfall.

Despite firefighters’ best efforts, 14 more burned homes raised the tally to 48 by Friday evening. Residents once again looked for their address on the nightly damage report printed on plain paper and posted on the recreation center walls. Others, like Brandi Brewer and David Porras, ventured a closer look.

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