How to Help Those Affected by Hidden Pines Fire or How to Get Help If You Need It
At last check, Smithville's Hidden Pines Fire has claimed 40 home structures and burned over 4,000 acres. While the fire is 25 percent contained, officials say the low humidity and dry conditions may fuel the fire for a week or more.
With scores of firefighters from across the state coming to Central Texas to help battle the blaze, officials are requesting donations of supplies, time and money in the days ahead. Below is a list of outlets accepting assistance, as well as a map of shelters for residents, pets and livestock displaced by the Hidden Pines Fire.
How to help
Bastrop Animal Rescue is requesting donations of any food, troughs, feed buckets and hay for displaced livestock. You can drop off donationsat the American Legion hall in Bastrop.
If you’re interested in volunteering your time to help, you can sign up at Smithville City Hall, either in person at 317 Main Street in Smithville, or by calling 512-237-3282.
The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services is also offering volunteer opportunities. To sign up, visit the Austin Salvation Army's website.
Austin Disaster Relief Network is accepting financial gifts for fire survivors — go to adrntx.org.
Bastrop County Long Term Recovery Team is accepting donations that will go toward helping with immediate needs, cleanup and recovery. Donations can be made online at bcltrt.org.
The Salvation Army of Austin is also accepting donations by phone, online or by mail:
- Call (1-800)725-2729 to give by phone
- Address mail-in donations to: The Salvation Army, "Disaster Relief" PO Box 1000, Austin, TX 78767
- Donate online on Salvation Army Austin's website
How to get help
The map below shows the locations (green markers) of shelters for people, for pets and for livestock for those who've had to evacuate.