Texas A&M Forest Service has been requested to assist on the Smoke Rider Fire. The fire ignited on the afternoon of August 2 on the Blanco/Hays County line.
The fire crossed Highway 290 and had prompted evacuations in the area. Shortly after crossing 290 aviation resources applied retardent lines to slow fire spread, and crews were able to stop forward progression. Currently no evacuation orders are in place. Evacuation information can be found on the pages:
Texas A&M Forest Service is working in unified command with the local jurisdiction. The agency is responding with ground crews, firefighters and aircraft, including 1 air attack platform, 3 fire bosses, 3 single engine airtankers, 1 type 2 helicopter and 2 Texas Military Department Blackhawks.
There is a Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) in place for the area over the fire area [NOTAM: FDC 2/2505, https://bit.ly/3vzudvB]. Please avoid the area to provide a safe environment for firefighting aircraft.
|Current as of|
|Date of Origin||Tuesday August 02nd, 2022 approx. 01:00 PM|
|Location||10 miles W/SW of Dripping Springs, Tx|
|Incident Commander||J. McArthur (IC4), Texas A&M Forest Service|
|Coordinates||30.162 latitude, -98.244 longitude|
|Percent of Perimeter Contained||100%|
brush, short grass, timber
active, running, torching, flanking
Elevated fire weather conditions are possible this afternoon into
this evening. Southerly winds of 5 to 10 mph this morning become
southeasterly at 10 to 15 mph with gusts to 25 mph this afternoon through this evening. Minimum humidity levels will be around 33 percent this afternoon with a good recovery to near 93 percent by Monday morning. There are slight chances of wetting rains from showers and thunderstorms late this afternoon into early this evening. There is a potential for lightning outside of rain areas to start new fires due to dry to extremely dry vegetation. Also, erratic and gusty winds are expected near showers and thunderstorms.