Royal Pines Fire 90 percent contained, cleanup underway

BASTROP COUNTY, Texas -- The wildfire that sparked Saturday night in Bastrop County is now 90 percent contained and crews are continuing to work on extinguishing hot spots and clean up the area.

 

All park roads and campgrounds at Bastrop State Park have now reopened.

Saturday night, crews improved lines around the fire, which allowed evacuated residents to begin returning back to their homes.

The westbound lanes of Highway 71 were shut down for several hours during the fire, but have since reopened.

The only minor injury during the fire was suffered by a Bastrop County sheriff's deputy who was struck by a car mirror.

The fire was located near Royal Pines and Thahitian Village. This is the same area that burned in 2011 as part of the Bastrop Complex fire.

Some residents said this most recent event brought back old memories.

"We ran over to a friend's house that live on Royal Pines. We could feel the heat and see the flames come up over the hills, and they were being evacuated," said Bastrop resident Amanda Smith.

At one point, 30 homes were threatened by the Royal Pines Fire, but none have been lost at this time. Those evacuted were being cared for at a shelter located at Smithville Recreation Center, on 106 Gazely St.

The Bastrop County Office of Emergency Management said multiple fire departments and three helicopters assisted Bastrop crews in battling the fire.


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