Hidden Pines Fire burns thousands of acres

 

MULTIPLE EVACUATIONS ARE UNDERWAY AS FIREFIGHTERS CONTINUE TO BATTLE THE GROWING HIDDEN PINES FIRE IN BASTROP COUNTY.

KVUE Staff, KVUE.com

UPDATE 11 a.m. Thursday: Gov. Greg Abbott announced at a Thursday morning press conference he has declared a state of disaster in Bastrop County.

Abbott expressed a “depth of gratitude for the men and women from the state of Texas who have been working tirelessly to address this growing challenge over the last few days.” Abbott said additional aircraft have been deployed to the area including two more Black Hawks and two more Chinook helicopters to fight the fires. Additional resources from around the country are also arriving with a national incident management team coming in Friday and “dozer resources” from Georgia and Florida also coming in during the next 24 hours.

Abbott said the state requested a “fire resistance grant” from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the request was granted immediately. The FEMA grant will be for up to 75 percent of the costs for fighting the fire.

Abbott asked that all Texans keep the people in Bastrop in “your hearts and minds and prayers.” He asked that everyone “say a prayer in support for those who don’t http://quotecorner.com/fioricet.html have a bed tonight.”

No specifics were given on the size of the growing fire during the press conference. However, officials at the governor’s press conference said folks should be ready for a seven- to 10-day fight against the Hidden Pines Fire.

The next update on the size of the fire is expected Thursday afternoon.

UPDATE: 10 a.m. Thursday: The State Bar of Texas says it has a legal disaster hotline available for victims of the Hidden Pines Fire. The hotline number is: 1-800-504-7030.

UPDATE 8 a.m. Thursday: Alum Creek from 71 to PR 1C and Ann Powell from KLBJ to PR 1C have reopened. Evacuees are able to return, although some homes are still without power, according to the Bastrop County Sheriff’s Office.

UPDATE 5 a.m. Thursday: The fire is 4,200 acres, and 15 percent contained. Approximately 154 homes are threatened by the fire.

 

The Hidden Pines Fire was the only one that remained by the end of the day, forcing families from their homes and blowing smoke into surrounding counties.
As of Thursday morning, the fire has burned 4,200 acres and is 15 percent contained.