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Wildfire breaks out in county

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A fire northeast of Bastrop consumed nearly 27 acres and drew a response from multiple local firefighting agencies at the end of December.

On December 30 at 4 p.m., Bastrop County Emergency Services District (ESD) #2 was dispatched to Cassel Way and FM 1441, near State Highway 21, for a report of a wildfire, according to a press release issued on the evening of December 30 by the Bastrop County Office of Emergency Management.

The first arriving fire units reported active fire behavior burning light fuels with gusty wind conditions, the press release said. Due to the dry and windy weather conditions, assistance was requested from multiple local agencies, and more than 50 local personnel responded from agencies including the Bastrop Fire Department, Smith-ville Fire Department,

Heart of the Pines Volunteer Fire Department, McDade Fire Department and Elgin Fire Department. Starflight provided 20 water drops over two hours before having to stop due to a lack of light.

Two homes received direct structure protection from firefighters, but no evacuations or closures related to the fire occurred. No homes were damaged or people injured.

The fire ultimately covered 26.5 acres.

In addition to local firefighting resources, two bulldozers from the Texas A&M Forest Service were on scene.

Local fire departments remained at the fire overnight to patrol the perimeter and extinguish hot spots near the edge.

The next afternoon, Bastrop County ESD #2 announced on their Facebook page that crews were on-scene at the fire at Cassel Way, continuing to reenforce the containment lines. By 3:30 p.m., the ESD announced they were leaving the fire. Several stumps were still burning in the interior of the fire and would continue to burn for several days, but the ESD would continue to monitor the situation and work on any hot spots as needed.

Other agencies involved include Texas Parks & Wildlife, Acadian and the Texas Department of Public Safety.