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Residents Return, Crews Continue Battling Smithville Wildfire

Updated: Saturday, August 3 2013, 04:13 PM CDT
Update From Bastrop County Office of Emergency Management

The Smithville Fire is 55% contained.

236 residents were left without power.

Bluebonnet will be replacing poles and wires destroyed in the fire.

Authorities say power should be restored by 3:00 p.m. Tuesday afternoon.

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In Smithville, crews working to get the upper hand on a raging wildfire say it’s now 50% contained.

At
the height of the fire, smoke could be seen for miles as it burned more
than 200 acres and forced roughly 30 people to evacuate from their
homes.

Fire crews tell KEYE at this time, nothing is in danger and people have been allowed back into their homes.

After
working nonstop overnight, Smithville firefighters now appear to be
getting a short break. Seventeen firefighters from Bastrop County are
staying through sunrise to make sure this fire doesn’t spread. In
exclusive overnight video, the true impact of the fire is visible at
nearly every turn: trees and patches of grass still burning as
firefighters keep a close watch along the nearby roadside.

The winds and humidity dying down, helping to briefly tame flames and smoke that could earlier be seen from miles away.

Overnight,
utility trucks and volunteers, including a Salvation Army truck from
Williamson County, were able to roll in with food and drinks to those
firefighters on the front lines.

Throughout the fire, some people living next to the fire were pitching in to try to help put it out.

“We
got our shovels and big thing full of water out here, and we’re trying
to put out little fire spots alongside the road, so at least the embers
don’t catch up and go toward our house,” said Brandon Ware, who lives
near the fire. “We’re still scared for our lives and our house for
sure.”

No structures are reported burned, and no one has been
hurt so far. Overnight, Smithville’s fire chief told KEYE one of the
biggest lessons he learned from the Bastrop fires that they used Monday
was getting help as soon as possible.

More of that help will be
on the way around 7:30 a.m. Tuesday when the Texas Forest Services is
expected to come in to help battle the fire.

Officials don’t know what sparked it. They say they’ll begin investigating as soon as it’s out.Residents Return, Crews Continue Battling Smithville Wildfire


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