11:30 a.m. update: Officials say a fire that started in the Tahitian Village neighborhood in Bastrop is now 100 percent contained. It is estimated to have spread less than an acre, the Bastrop County Office of Emergency Management said.
Crews from the Bastrop Fire Department and Bastrop County ESD 2 are currently working to extinguish a few remaining hot spots in the area.
The cause of the fire has not been determined, OEM Assistant Director James Gabriel said.
Dan Kinney, who lives in Tahitian Village, said he was outside working in his yard around 9 a.m. Monday when he saw a plume of smoke rising from a ravine in the 100 block of Akaloa Drive.
“The next thing I know it started coming up in flames,” Kinney said.
He called 911. Crews responded immediately since the area was close to homes, Gabriel said.
No structures were impacted by the fire, officials said, and no one was injured.
The area in the Tahitian Village subdivision was recently mitigated, thinning trees and removing the underbrush that helps spread fire, as part of the ongoing fuel mitigation program in Bastrop County after the 2011 Complex Fire.
“If they hadn’t done that, this thing would have spread a lot,” Kinney said.
Bastrop Fire Chief Mark Wobus said that, despite rainfall in Central Texas over the weekend, conditions are still dry and prime for fire. If anything, he said, the risk is worse not better.
“Until we get a substantial amount of rain, it’s going to be bad,” Mobus said.
He urged people in the area to be extra cautious with lit cigarettes and other fire risks.
Bastrop County is under a burn ban. Violations are a Class C misdemeanor that carry up to a $500 fine.
Earlier: Firefighters are battling a blaze on Monday morning in the Tahitian Village subdivision south of Bastrop, according to the Bastrop County Office of Emergency Management.
Officials have asked residents to avoid the area near 155 Akaloa Drive, since traffic is making it hard for crews to navigate. Firefighters have knocked down the perimeter of the fire, the OEM said.
There is no word yet on the size of the blaze.
This is a developing story. More to follow.