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UPDATED: Fire crews battle large wildfire in Dripping Springs, 100% contained

(Editor’s Note: This post has been updated as of 11:40 a.m. on Saturday, July 9. As this is a developing story, we will continue to update the public as more information becomes available to us).

By Megan Wehring

DRIPPING SPRINGS – Fire crews and first responders from around the region helped battle a wildfire outside Dripping Springs at the Storm Ranch property. The fire was 100% contained on Saturday, July 9.

The call came in around 3 p.m. on Wednesday, July 6, and North Hays Fire was the first to respond. Over the course of the next several hours, the wildfire burned about 357 acres, according to the Texas A&M Forest Service, which is one of about 18 agencies that were on the scene helping to contain the wildfire and provide other services.

“As of Friday morning, the fire was approximately 90% contained,” said Mark Wobus, Hays County Fire Marshal. “Fire crews will remain on the ranch for the next several days to ensure the flames are completely out.”

About 10 homes were under an evacuation order that was lifted at 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Pct. 4 Commissioner Walt Smith said he was grateful for all the mutual aid assistance from the various agencies.

“With the massive support from regional responders, firefighters were able to prevent further spread and damage from the fire,” Smith said. “Hays County is appreciative of the help from all of the local departments and organizations, as well as those from state agencies.”

Judge Ruben Becerra said the show of support from neighboring agencies was impressive.

“We thank each and every first responder who helped with the wildfire,” he said. “Their efforts and hard work made all the difference in containing the blaze.”

The following responders and agencies were thanked for their support.

Hays County

Travis County

North Hays Fire Department

Oak Hill Fire Department

Wimberley Fire Department

Austin Fire Department

Buda Fire Department

Pedernales Fire Department

Kyle Fire Department

STAR Flight

South Hays Fire Department

Comal County

San Marcos/Hays County EMS

Canyon Lake Fire Department

Hays County CERT (an all-volunteer organization)

State of Texas

Hays County Fire Marshal’s Office

Texas A&M Forest Service

Blanco County

Texas Division of Emergency Management

Johnson City Fire Department

Blanco County ESD 2 Fire Department

Round Mountain Fire Department


About Author

Megan Navarro (formerly Wehring) graduated from Texas State University in May 2020 with a bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication. In June 2020, she started a summer internship at the Hays Free Press/News-Dispatch through the Dow Jones News Fund and Texas Press Association. She then earned her way to a reporter position later that summer and now, she serves as the editor of the newspaper. Working for a small publication, Navarro wears multiple hats. She has various responsibilities including managing a team of reporters, making editorial decisions, overseeing social media posts, fact checking, writing her own articles and more. Navarro has a heart for storytelling and she believes that journalists are equipped to share the stories that are important to the community.

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