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One house destroyed in Oak Grove Fire in Hays County as crews stop fire's advance

A large plume of smoke in the distance rises in a blue sky with a residential street in the foreground.
Andy Jechow
A smoke plume rises in Hays County from the Oak Grove Fire as seen from Kyle on Saturday.

The Oak Grove Fire near the 200 block of Oak Grove Road in Hays County has burned approximately 400 acres and is 50% contained, as of late Sunday night, according to the Texas A&M Forest Service.

Hays County officials said the fire destroyed one house and some outbuildings on Sunday.

Walter Flocke with the Texas A&M Forest Service said crews made good progress overnight and all evacuees have returned home.

"One important note is that the forward progression has stopped," he said. "But definitely a full day ahead of crews mitigating the perimeters of this fire."

The site of the fire — about halfway between Kyle and Wimberley — was staffed Sunday with five dozers, 15 fire engines, a 20-person hand crew and National Guard helicopters.

Hays County has updated its Temporary Flight Restriction after a drone was found in the airspace above the fire last night.

Flocke said people flying near wildfires can pose a threat to firefighting aircraft and crews and will be prosecuted.

"If a drone or aircraft flies into that area, it means firefighting aircraft cannot work," he said.

The National Weather Service has extended its Red Flag Warning into Sunday. That means a combination of strong winds, low humidity and warm temperatures can cause developing fires to spread rapidly and get out of control.

The NWS says most wildfires are caused by humans, so it's important for people to follow burn bans. Hays County has been under a ban on outdoor burning since July 11. The weather service recommends the following for everyday wildfire prevention:

  • Have a clear 10-foot radius around campfires, burning brush, etc.
  • Never leave fires unattended and always properly extinguish them
  • Use grills/smokers on gravel or paved surfaces
  • Never toss lit cigarettes on the ground
  • Maintain vehicle brakes and tires and secure tow chains to avoid dragging and creating sparks

The cause of the Oak Grove Fire is still under investigation.
This story has been updated.

Maya Fawaz is KUT's Hays County reporter. Got a tip? Email her at Follow her on Twitter @mayagfawaz.
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