Skip to main content

Blue Bluff Fire

Unit Information

Texas A&M Forest Service
Texas
College Station, TX 77845

This incident is no longer being updated.

A firefighter dragging a hose as a dozer moves through brushImage options: [ Full Size ]

 UPDATE: Containment on the Blue Bluff fire is now listed at 95 percent. Texas A&M Forest Service is working in conjunction with local fire departments to continue to locate and extinguish areas of residual heat, which could threaten containment lines.

Crews returned to the Blue Bluff Fire Tuesday, Aug. 2 as the fire had escaped previously established containment lines. The original fire was started by chains dragging from a vehicle on July 29. However, firefighters were called back out when the fire reportedly escaped containment lines. The Texas A&M Forest Service worked in a unified command with the Austin Fire Department to contain the fire. Also assisting were Travis County Emergency Service District 11, the Travis County Emergency Service Unit, Starflight, Cap Metro and the Travis County Sheriff’s Department. The fire threatened several structures, and a voluntary evacuation was enacted for the Texas Music Ranch. The ranch was not damaged, and residents were allowed back into the area by 1730. A portion of Farm to Market Road 973 was closed to allow fire apparatus access to the fire safely. The fire is presently listed at 60 acres and is 95 percent contained. 

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
CauseHuman/original Fire Escaped Containment
Date of OriginFriday July 29th, 2022 approx. 03:00 PM
LocationAdjacent to Farm to Market Road 969, near Austin, Travis County
Incident CommanderTexas A&M Forest Service
Incident DescriptionWildfire that escaped containment lines
Coordinates30.265 latitude, -97.602 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel15
Size60 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained95%
Fuels Involved

grass mixed with heavy brush

Significant Events

Original fire started July 29; crews recalled when fire escaped previously established containment lines

Outlook

Planned Actions

Texas A&M Forest Service crews, along with local fire departments will continue to mop-up and strengthen containment lines.

Remarks

A voluntary evacuation was in place for the Texas Music Ranch. The residents were allowed to return around 1730 Aug. 2

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Elevated to near critical fire weather conditions will continue this afternoon as minimum humidity values fall to near 30 percent. Southerly winds are predicted to gust to near 25 MPH locally, with temperatures reaching 103.

Related Links