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Fires crews battled large wildfire near Dripping Springs

By Megan Wehring

DRIPPING SPRINGS – Over a span of four days, fire crews and first responders throughout the region helped battle a wildfire at the Storm Ranch property off Gatlin Creek Road outside Dripping Springs. 

The fire was 100% contained as of Saturday, July 9.

The call came in around 3 p.m. on Wednesday, July 6, and the North Hays Fire Department was the first to respond. Over the course of the next several hours, the wildfire burned approximately 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.

Approximately 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.

Hay County Pct. 4 Commissioner Walt Smith said he was grateful for 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

North Hays Fire Department
Wimberley Fire Department
Buda Fire Department
Kyle Fire Department
South Hays Fire Department
San Marcos/Hays County EMS
Hays County CERT (an all-volunteer organization)
Hays County Fire Marshal’s Office

Blanco County

Johnson City Fire Department
Blanco County ESD 2 Fire Department
Round Mountain Fire Department 

Travis County

Oak Hill Fire Department
Austin Fire Department
Pedernales Fire Department
STAR Flight

Comal County

Canyon Lake Fire Department

State of Texas

Texas A&M Forest Service
Texas Division of Emergency Management

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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