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Wildfires To Close Some Schools Tuesday

A road closure at the intersection of highways 95 and 21 in Bastrop
Photo by Lizzie Chen for KUT News and
A road closure at the intersection of highways 95 and 21 in Bastrop

Several school districts will be closed Tuesday as the result of wildfires that have scorched thousands of acres in Central Texas.

Bastrop ISD is closing all schools as fire crews struggle to contain a 25,000 acre wildfire in that community, currently the largest in Central Texas. Bastrop Middle School is being used as a shelter for evacuees.

Leander ISD has several school closures because of the wildfire in the Steiner Ranch area. Laura Bush, Steiner Ranch, and River Ridge elementary schools, and Canyon Ridge and Four Points middle schools will be closed.

Vandegrift high school will also be closed, because it is being used as a Red Cross shelter.  Rouse High School is also being used as a shelter, but Leander ISD has not said it if will be closed on Tuesday.

Smithville ISD says it will be closed because of fires located in the area.

Lake Travis ISD sent an email to parents Monday night, saying all classes would be held as normal on Tuesday, but also warning them to stay home if necessary.

"If your home, property, personal belongings, etc. have been directly impacted by the fires and your travel to school is simply not possible, please continue to take the necessary precautions to safeguard your family and heed all warnings and directives issued by area law enforcement and safety officials," Lake Travis ISD spokesman Marco Alvarado said in the email.

Nathan Bernier is the transportation reporter at KUT. He covers the big projects that are reshaping how we get around Austin, like the I-35 overhaul, the airport's rapid growth and the multibillion-dollar transit expansion Project Connect. He also focuses on the daily changes that affect how we walk, bike and drive around the city. Got a tip? Email him at Follow him on X @KUTnathan.
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