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Smoke Rider Fire

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Texas 
College Station, 
Texas 
77845 
Texas 
College Station, 
Texas 
77845 

Incident Contacts

Walter Flocke
Email: walter.flocke@tfs.tamu.edu
Phone: 346-345-9746

This incident is no longer being updated.

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:

  • Blanco County Office of Emergency Management Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BlancoCountyOEM
  • Hays County Office of Emergency Management Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HaysCountyOfficeOfEmergencyManagement


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.

Basic Information
Current as of Tue, 09/06/2022 - 09:59
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Under investigation
Date of Origin
Location 10 miles W/SW of Dripping Springs, Tx
Incident Commander J. McArthur (IC4), Texas A&M Forest Service
Incident Description Wildfire
Coordinates 30° 9' 42'' Latitude
-98° 14'
38
'' Longitude
Current Situation
Total Personnel: 15
Size 1,210 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 100%
Fuels Involved

brush, short grass, timber

Significant Events

active, running, torching, flanking