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Smoke Rider Fire

Unit Information

Texas A&M Forest Service
College Station, TX 77845

Incident Contact

Walter Flocke
Phone: 346-345-9746

Highlighted Activity

08/06/2022 Smoke Rider Fire Morning Update 08/06/22
Smoke Rider Fire is now 80% contained. Size was updated from 800 acres to 1,210 acres due to more accurate mapping. During the initial attack period of firefighting, acreage is often estimated by...
Announcement - 08/06/2022
Public information map upadted to show GPS perimeter of the Smoke Rider Fire in Blanco and Hays County. Updated acreage is 1,210.Image options: [ Full Size ]

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,]. Please avoid the area to provide a safe environment for firefighting aircraft.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
CauseUnder Investigation
Date of OriginTuesday August 02nd, 2022 approx. 01:00 PM
Location10 miles W/SW of Dripping Springs, Tx
Incident CommanderJ. McArthur (IC4), Texas A&M Forest Service
Incident DescriptionWildfire
Coordinates30.162 latitude, -98.244 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel15
Size1,210 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained100%
Fuels Involved

brush, short grass, timber

Significant Events

active, running, torching, flanking

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

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.