Around 400 acres, a home and numerous buildings have been destroyed as of Aug. 7 following a wildfire that began Aug. 5 at the 200 block of Oak Grove Road in San Marcos, according to the Hays County Office of Emergency Management.

The timeline

Twelve households had to evacuate at 5:36 p.m. Aug. 5, and by 8:51 p.m., officials estimated the fire had grown and destroyed 300 acres and was 10% contained, according to a post from the Hays County Office of Emergency Management.

At 1:08 p.m. Aug. 6, the Oak Grove fire was 30% contained, and the acreage reported to be lost was estimated at 400 acres. The Hays County Fire Marshal's Office, the office of emergency management and the Texas A&M Forest Service confirmed Aug. 6 at around 4 p.m. that one residence and a number of outbuildings were destroyed by the fire.

Pedernales Electric Cooperative was on-site attempting to restore power for affected residents at approximately 2:08 p.m.

At 5:39 p.m., the Texas A&M Forest Service reported the fire was 50% contained with no new growth.

At around 10 a.m., Aug. 7 the Texas A&M Forest Service reported an estimated 400 acres burned with 50% contained. Two National Guard Blackhawk helicopters will be back over the fire to provide bucket drops on flares or other hot spots during fire perimeters.

A number of resources have been expelled to extinguish the fire, including:
  • Texas A&M Forest Service
  • Texas Interstate Fire Mutual Aid System strike team
  • Hays County Wildland Task Force
  • Travis County Task Force
  • Texas Emergency Medical Task Force
  • One air attack platform
  • Two helicopters
  • Four single-engine air tankers
  • Two super scooper planes
  • One large air tanker
Around 1 p.m., Aug. 7, the county office of emergency management announced residents previously asked to leave their homes are allowed back into the Oak Grove/Fox Thurman area. Hays County Sheriff's deputies are stationed at key roadways to prevent nonemergency personnel and nonresidents from entering.

Lend a hand

There is a GoFundMe to help raise funds for an individual who lost their home as a result of the fire.

This is a developing story, and Community Impact will continue to provide updates.

Individuals can track the fire here.