Prescribed burn near Buda now ‘out of control’

from http://kxan.com/2017/07/19/prescribed-burn-near-buda-jumps-fire-line/
A controlled burn conducted by Austin Water’s Wildland Conservation Division just west of Buda moved outside of the containment line and burned 250 additional acres.

Austin Water says the prescribed burn started around 11 a.m. Wednesday and would take 6-7 hours to complete. Fire crews had achieved about 400 acres of a prescribed 550-acre burn before it “escaped” around 2:45 p.m. and set fire to an extra 200 acres they didn’t intend to burn in an area just southwest of Farm to Market 967 and Farm to Market 1626.

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Austin Police Department’s helicopter, Austin-Travis County EMS STARFlight, the Texas A&M Forest Service and area fire departments assisted. The Forest Service sent a bulldozer and a crew of three from Smithville.

The remaining parts of the prescribed burn of the Onion Creek Fire near Buda on July 19, 2017 (Austin Fire Department Photo)
The remaining parts of the prescribed burn of the Onion Creek Fire near Buda on July 19, 2017 (Austin Fire Department Photo)
Jill Mayfield, a spokesperson for Austin Water, says since it’s in a large wildland space, no homes are in danger. “We have a lot of professionals out there, so we’re feeling confident. We prepare for these situations,” says Mayfield.

“Conditions that cause us to have a burn ban in effect are also conditions that make for good prescribed burning to be effective,” said AFD Division Chief Palmer Buck. “Certainly, if it was raining out here, we wouldn’t get a good prescribed burn. So it’s that balance that we’re going to get a good controlled burn, but there is that danger that we have an escape like we had today.”

As of 9 p.m., the fire is 100 percent contained.

Prescribed burn near Buda now ‘out of control’

The fire just west of Buda has moved outside of the containment line and has burned 50 extra acres.

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