UPDATE: Fire in Tahitian Village in Bastrop 100 percent contained

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. 

Reader Comments ...

Next Up in Local

Abortion providers sue to overturn Texas law
Abortion providers sue to overturn Texas law

Texas abortion providers filed a federal lawsuit Thursday seeking to overturn a new Texas law that will limit the most commonly used second-trimester procedure. The restriction, included in Senate Bill 8’s sweeping abortion regulations that were approved during the closing days of the Legislature’s regular session in May, is set to...
Texas transgender bathroom fight takes center stage
Texas transgender bathroom fight takes center stage

The fight over transgender bathroom policies took center stage Thursday, hours after an unusual midnight meeting of the Texas Senate allowed Gov. Greg Abbott to expand the special legislative session’s agenda to include a host of conservative priorities. The Texas Association of Business, a leading foe of efforts to restrict transgender-friendly...
DPS to bill law enforcement agencies for crime lab services in Sept.
DPS to bill law enforcement agencies for crime lab services in Sept.

The Texas Department of Public Safety announced on Thursday that it would begin charging law enforcement agencies for using certain crime laboratory services starting on Sept. 1. According to DPS, the Texas Legislature provided the DPS lab system with $63 million for the 2018-2019 fiscal year, and requires up to $11.5 million be charged and collected...
Officials to review why Hays County planned burn went awry
Officials to review why Hays County planned burn went awry

After losing control of a controlled burn in Hays County on Wednesday, the Austin Water Utility said Thursday that it won’t hold any more planned burning of brush until its process is reviewed. The planned burn in a rural area west of Buda jumped its boundaries Wednesday afternoon, burning between 200 to 250 acres in addition to the 560 acres...
Texas Digest: 2 dead, 3 wounded in apparent Houston shootout

HOUSTON 2 dead, 3 wounded in apparent shootout Authorities say two men were killed and three others wounded after an apparent shootout at a house just north of Houston. Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said the shooting began Wednesday night after an altercation near the front door of the home. During the dispute, gunfire erupted from multiple directions...
More Stories