Liberty Hill area impacted by wildfires


Firefighters from Williamson County Emergency Services District #4 are assisting Leander firefighters and other agencies this afternoon in the second day of unprecedented wildfires in Central Texas.

As smoke continues to hover over Liberty Hill this evening, a 20-acre fire has destroyed 10 homes in the Mason Creek and Crystal Falls Subdivisions north of Crystal Falls and south of Topaz in Leander. The fire was called in at 5 p.m. today and 200 homes have been evacuated. An evacuation reception center is open at Leander Rouse High School.

Liberty Hill firefighters assisted by Leander firefighters fought an eight-acre grass fire Sunday evening on the north side of State Highway 29 near Meridell Achievement Center.

Chief Bruce Watson of WCESD#4 said the cause of the fire was not known, but burned five acres on the north side of the highway and three acres on the south side. He said emergency personnel closed down SH 29 for about three hours Sunday evening until the fire was nearly contained about 7 p.m. Watson said no injuries were reported in the fast-moving blaze and no structures were threatened, although the fire did come close to some homes in Stonewall Estates.

“This was a fast-moving fire that burned against and with the high winds,” Watson said. “Embers jumped the road and the fire crossed the highway. Fortunately, the fuel (grass) was shorter there (south side).”

Five agencies responded to assist WCESD#4 in fighting Sunday’s fire. In addition to Leander, firefighters from Florence, Hutto, Jarrell and Briggs brought personnel, trucks, and water. Watson said firefighters had access to a fire hydrant nearby that helped them to douse the flames quicker.

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