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38273Re: [CentralTexasGeocachers] Central Texas Wildfires

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  • Victor Engel
    Sep 6, 2011
      The Steiner Ranch fire was caused by an electric utility line. I don't have more detail, like whether a branch fell on a line or if the line was downed from the wind or what. I suspect the former.


      On Tue, Sep 6, 2011 at 7:48 AM, banda_geocacher <banda@...> wrote:
      Here's some information on the current local wildfires:

      BASTROP COUNTY COMPLEX, Bastrop County. 14,000 acres, no containment. Heavy
      airtankers and single-engine airtankers assisted on this fire that started in
      the Lost Pines area just northeast of Bastrop. The fire has moved unchecked for
      at least 16 miles to the south and has jumped the Colorado River twice. Half of
      Bastrop State Park has burned. The Circle D, K.C. Estates, Pine Forest,
      Colovista and Tahitian Village subdivision have been evacuated. Firefighters are
      trying to hold the fire at FM 2571. Reports indicate possibly 467 homes have
      been destroyed. MODIS satellite image indicates the fire has jumped Highway 95
      and is approximately 25,000 acres.

      STEINER RANCH, Travis County. 150 acres, 20% containment. The fire started just
      north of the Steiner Ranch subdivision. More than 1,000 homes are under
      mandatory evacuation in Steiner Ranch. At least 25 homes are reported lost. A
      Texas Intrastate Fire Mutual Aid System strike team responded.

      PEDERNALES BEND, Travis County. 7,000 acres, unknown containment. The fire is
      burning four miles southeast of Spicewood. Twenty homes were lost, 30 homes
      damaged. Lake Travis is closed to boat traffic from Mansfield Dam to Starnes
      Island to allow for air tanker refilling operations.

      Another grass fire has just been reported in Bastrop County as well as a second wildfire in Leander.



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