Texas A&M Forest Service was requested to assist local officials on the Big Sky Fire in Gillespie County just after noon on August 2, 2022. The fire is approximately 9 miles north of Fredericksburg. Local authorities have requested the public avoid the area around Eckert Road and Lower Crabapple Road. Approximately 40 residents were initially evacuated.
State resources staged in Kerrville, including Texas A&M Forest Service heavy equipment and a strike team of engines, responded along with aviation crews. Aviation during the first operational period, Aug 2, included 7 fixed wing and 2 helicopters providing aerial assistance. Aviation resources are on standby as needed for continued operations.
By 3:30, on Aug 2, crews reported the fire was approximately 200 acres, burning in grass and brush fuels, being pushed by sustained 15 mph winds, with gusts around 25 mph. Local resources remained on scene overnight, monitoring points of concern
On Aug 4, perimeter is 1459 acres and approximately 92 personnel were involved in the containment and mop up operations.
State and local crews are working in coordination to provide point protection, construct containment line and mop up.
On Aug 10, 10PM, Big Sky fire is reported at 98% contained.
On Aug 11, 6PM, Big Sky fire is reported at 100% contained.
As always, fire managers want to remind the public that drones are not allowed to be flown around active wildland firefighting efforts. When unknown aircraft, including drones, are spotted near the fire, all responding aviation is immediately grounded.
There is a Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) in place for the area over the fire area [NOTAM: FDC 2/2523, https://bit.ly/3zPDzFZ]. Please avoid the area to provide a safe environment for firefighting aircraft.
|Current as of|
|Cause||Mechanical Malfunction On A Piece Of Equipment|
|Date of Origin||Tuesday August 02nd, 2022 approx. 12:00 PM|
|Location||Approx. 5 miles west of Willow Springs, Texas and 9 miles north of Fredericksburg. Gillespie County|
|Coordinates||30.389 latitude, -98.789 longitude|
|Percent of Perimeter Contained||100%|
|Estimated Containment Date||Thursday August 11th, 2022 approx. 06:00 PM|
|Projected Incident Activity|