Six trucks from three different agencies battled a fire on U.S. Highway 290 last Wednesday afternoon.
Around 2 p.m. that afternoon, firefighters from Elgin Volunteer Fire Department (EFD), along with mutual aid from McDade Volunteer Fire Department and Bastrop County Emergency Services District #2, were called to a fire on Highway 290 between Elgin and Mc-Dade, near the intersection with Christensen Road on the other side of the highway. This fire was difficult to manage because of high winds and low humidity that afternoon, according to EFD volunteer Chuck Fromme. The fire spread into the nearby woods, but the firefighters were able to stop the fire once it slowed down. Approximately 15 to 20 acres were ultimately affected.
A STAR Flight helicopter arrived on scene to monitor the situation, but did not end up dropping any water. At one point, the firefighters began thinking about evacuating the nearby area, but the fire began to slow down and there was no need for evacuations.
The unofficial cause of the fire at the time is a blown-out tire on the highway, Fromme said. The fire began near the highway, and the remains of a tire were found near the fire.