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Smoke Rider Fire: Wednesday Updates

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Smoke Rider Fire: Wednesday Updates

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Tuesday image of the Smoke Rider Fire in Blanco County courtesy of Texas A&M Forest Service.

Forward progression of the 800-acre Smoke Rider Fire in Blanco County was stopped Tuesday night, Blanco County of Emergency Management said in a statement this morning.

The containment line is progressing well, the organization said.

Multiple task forces with firefighters from Blanco, Hays and Travis counties remain on scene along with bull dozers and ground crews from Texas A&M Forest Service.

“Air assets” and ground crews will work to contain the fire today.

No additional evacuations have been ordered. Both U.S. Hwy 290 and RR 165 are open.

“There are a significant number of fire units on scene and working along roadways,” according to the statement. “So please watch out for our firefighters when driving in the area.”

Canyon Lake Fire/EMS (CLFEMS) Chief Robert Mikel said Tuesday his firefighters are providing mutual-aid assistance to Blanco county for a large grass/brush fire near Henly off of 165 & U.S. Hwy 290. CLFEMS has dispartched type 6 and type 3 brush trucks to the scene.

Pedernales Falls State Park is closed due to the wildfire.

Texas A&M Forest Service on Tuesday warned that dire weather conditions could worsen:

“The upper-level ridge of high pressure that is responsible for the hot and dry conditions impacting much of Texas over the past several weeks is forecast to move back over the state Sunday through Wednesday. Widespread triple-digit temperatures will once again become commonplace across the state. With slightly higher wind speeds, the fire environment will support wildfire ignitions.”

The state agency provided this Tuesday update:

Active Wildfires:

– Smoke Rider Fire, Blanco County – est. 800 acres, 30% contained
– Shelby 4531 Fire, Shelby County – 45 acres, 90% contained
– Bowie 4557 Fire, Bowie County – 5 acres, 75% contained
– Wood 4534 Fire, Wood County – 34 acres, 90% contained
– Rock Springs Fire, Bosque County – 19.9 acres, 95% contained
– Gifco Road Fire, Ellis County – 28.9 acres, 60% contained
– Bull Dog Fire, Falls County – 92 acres, 95% contained
– Neylandville Fire, Hunt County – 65.1 acres, 80% contained
– Saltillo Fire, Milam County – 120 acres, 90% contained
– Black Ranch Fire, Palo Pinto County – 13 acres, 30% contained
– Oakland Fire, Comanche County – 74 acres, 85% contained
– Miller Bend Fire, Young County – est. 100 acres, 5% contained
– Pulling Fire, Hutchinson County – 1 acres, 0% contained
– Pan Slam Fire, Duval County – est. 200 acres, 0% contained
– Big Sky Fire, Gillespie County – est. 400 acres, 10% contained
– Mission Street 2 Fire, Starr County – 145 acres, 90% contained
– Bacon Fire, Howard County – 101 acres, 99% contained
– Margarita Fire, Bastrop County – 96 acres, 90% contained
– Ram Fire, Gillespie County – 95 acres, 90% contained
– Warpath Fire, Callahan County – 55 acres, 95% contained
– Shortcut Fire, Guadalupe County – 60 acres, 95% contained
– Prairie Dog Fire, Hall County – 148 acres, 95% contained
– Boldt Fire, DeWitt County – 326.8 acres, 95% contained
– Buda Fire, Hays County – 89.5 acres, 95% contained
– Sky Diver Fire, Caldwell County – 10 acres, 98% contained
– Chalk Mountain Fire, Somervell County – 6,755 acres, 96% contained Fires (100%)

Contained Wildfires

– Shelby 4548 Fire, Shelby County – 0.3 acre
– Van Zandt 4526 Fire, Van Zandt County – 22 acres
– Van Zandt 4535 Fire, Van Zandt County – 12 acres
– Harrison 4551 Fire, Harrison County – 14 acres
– Grimes 4531 Fire, Grimes County – 6 acres
– Ragsdale Fire, Hunt County – 3.6 acres
– Snake Draw Fire, Parker County – 21 acres
– Bald Knob Fire, Coryell County – 80 acres
– Cimmerion Fire, Kerr County – 3 acres

To view the Texas A&M Forest Service Incident Viewer response map, navigate to https://public.tfswildfires.com. To learn more about how to protect your home from wildfires visit https://tfsweb.tamu.edu/PrepareYourHomeforWildfire/.

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.

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