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.
|Current as of|
|Cause||Human/original Fire Escaped Containment|
|Date of Origin||Friday July 29th, 2022 approx. 03:00 PM|
|Location||Adjacent to Farm to Market Road 969, near Austin, Travis County|
|Incident Commander||Texas A&M Forest Service|
|Incident Description||Wildfire that escaped containment lines|
|Coordinates||30.265 latitude, -97.602 longitude|
|Percent of Perimeter Contained||95%|
grass mixed with heavy brush
Original fire started July 29; crews recalled when fire escaped previously established containment lines
Texas A&M Forest Service crews, along with local fire departments will continue to mop-up and strengthen containment lines.
A voluntary evacuation was in place for the Texas Music Ranch. The residents were allowed to return around 1730 Aug. 2
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.