91 Homes Evacuated from Liberty Hill Grass Fire

91 Homes Evacuated from Liberty Hill Grass Fire

29 January 2008

published by www.myfoxaustin.com

Austin, USA — Dozens of Williamson and Burnet County residents have been evacuated from their homes after a brush fire fueled by strong winds in Liberty Hill Tuesday.  Crews are still in the area near County Roads 200 and 204 watching for hot spots that may flare up again.

Fire officials say the fire started at around 12:00 p.m. and quickly spread to more than 300 acres.  Winds were so strong, the fire jumped across roads.

Officials evacuated 91 homes because of how quickly the fire was spreading.  Williamson and Burnet County officials went door to door to tell people to get out of their homes.  The counties’ reverse 911 systems also called people in the direct path of the fire warning them to evacuate.  Livestock was also pulled out from nearby ranches.  People in the homes evacuated have been told to go to Liberty Hill Middle School.

No one was hurt in the fire.

The smoke from the fire could be smelled from the Austin city limits, prompting many people to call the fire department to report smoke in the area. 

Fire investigators are still trying to figure out what sparked the fire.

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