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Steiner Ranch Evacuations Expected to Last Till Noon

Photo by Lizzie Chen for KUT News
Evacuees check in with Red Cross volunteers at a shelter set up at Bastrop Middle School. This was a familiar scene for people from Bastrop County and parts of Travis County, ordered out of their homes ahead of fast-moving wildfires Sunday.

Austin city officials issued a statement early this morning, updating evacuation conditions around Steiner Ranch.

Travis County evacuees, including those from Steiner Ranch, can receive the latest evacuation information by calling (512) 974-6199. Residents who have evacuated their homes in the Steiner Ranch area will not be allowed to return until notified. Officials estimate this will not occur until at least noon on Monday, Sept. 5. The fire near the Steiner Ranch area is five to ten percent contained while 30 units continue to battle the fire. There is currently no estimate on when the fire will be contained. Currently, an estimated 20 homes have been destroyed, with at least 20 homes damaged. The area is also experiencing comprehensive power outages and many homes are without gas. The fire near Perdenales has caused an estimated 500 acres in damage and destroyed an estimated 20 homes. There is currently no information regarding which homes have been destroyed by either fire. There are minimal injuries and no known fatalities at this time. High-winds are expected tomorrow as another red flag warning will likely be in effect. The current dry conditions and high-winds will continue to make the area vulnerable to fires. Residents are encouraged to avoid outdoor flames of any kind, including barbeques and smokers, as well as to use caution with cigarettes and other flammables. W

Ian Crawford joined KUT as News Editor in 2008, after spending over four years as a reporter/anchor at KLBJ Radio in Austin. He began his broadcasting career while still in high school in Southern Oregon. During high school and college at the University of Oregon, he worked at times as a reporter, news anchor, sports play-by-play reporter, music host and commercial producer before moving to Texas in 2003.
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