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Evacuation Information for Bastrop, Steiner Ranch Fires

Photo by Lizzie Chen for KUT News
Bastrop Middle School became shelter from the firestorm for people living in the way of a massive wildfire that burned at least 14,000 acres of brush, wildlands and rural subdivisions. As of late Sunday night, there was no containment of the fire at all.

Several shelters have opened up throughout Central Texas for people forced to evacuate their homes becuase of the wildfires in Bastrop County and near Steiner Ranch, west of Austin.

The fire is burning between Smithville and the City of Bastrop,  in and around Tahitian Village, The Colony, Colavista, Pine Forest and Circle D subdivisions, K-C Estates, La Riata, Pine Valley Estates and Pine Loop subdivisions.

Evacuees need to check in at one of the evacuation shelters, even if they aren't spending the night there. This allows the Red Cross and emergency services officials to get a head count, making sure everyone is out of harm's way.

For people evacuated in Bastrop County, four shelters are active:

  • Bastrop Middle School
  • Bastrop Church of Christ
  • Smithville Recreation Center
  • Smithville First Baptist Church

For people evacuated from Steiner Ranch, two shelters are operating

  • Vandegrift High School
  • St. Thomas More Catholic Church


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.