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
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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.