Following a brush fire in Cedar Park, one building was deemed a total loss, and some people will now be without a home, Williamson County officials announced at a news conference on Tuesday night.
The Parmer Lane Fire was assessed to be 50 acres in size and 60% contained as of 6:30 a.m. on Wednesday, according to the Texas A&M Forest Service.
The service reported on social media Wednesday morning that dozer employees had advanced the containment line construction over the previous night.
At 12:24 a.m., the Forest Service stated in the same social media thread that although the fire’s forward movement had halted, strong wind speeds were still affecting the affected region and producing flare-ups.
The Forest Service initially thought the fire had a 120-acre spread at one point, but after more precise measuring, they reduced their estimate. Engine crews were defending structures while workers built a containment line.
Crews were dispatched to the four-alarm fire near 12820 West Parmer Lane, which is adjacent to East Whitestone Boulevard, according to the Cedar Park Police. Businesses nearby and residents of the Bexley at Silverado apartment complex were evacuated.
Tuesday night, city officials provided an update, noting that 200 first responders from at least 200 agencies had helped put out the blaze, which had started as a structure fire before spreading to the grass.
According to officials, two more apartment buildings are damaged, and one has been destroyed.
According to the city, one person had minor injuries that were treated.
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Crews were on the scene one minute after the incident was reported on Tuesday at 6:16 p.m., according to the city.
Officials claim that the Bexley apartment, condo, and FM 1431 were all engulfed in flames.
For first responders to continue concentrating on putting out the fire, officials advised the community to stay away from the area.
The Red Cross has established shelter operations for evacuated residents at Hill Country Bible Church, located at 3351 Little Elm Trail in Cedar Park, according to the city of Cedar Park.
You can contact the Red Cross at (800) 733-2767 if you require further resources, according to the police.
An additional informational release, according to police, is anticipated for Wednesday between 8 and 9 a.m.
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