A small grassfire started Saturday about 2:40pm and sent Lampasas firemen to a spot on FM 580E about 5 miles east of Lampasas. Though the fire was small in the number of acres (10 acres) involved, it was serious because of the number of homes (about 50) in the area. Fire Chief Reece Oestreich ordered evacuation of the area until the fire was brought under control. He said there was a lot of cedar and brush and the fire kept jumping across 580E. It was a fire that had to be controlled fast because of the area homes. He had called for mutual aid from numerous other departments. Kempner was the first to come on scene, then other county units, Adamsville and Lometa, along with Copperas Cove, Killeen, Burnet and Oakalla fire departments.
The State Forest Service, National Forest Service, and even a Fire Attack Unit from Old Mexico came in to help.
Fire water drops, along with a spotter, prop. Plane came in to completely quench the fire and allow homeowners to get back into their homes, many of them likely smoke filled.
The cause of the fire was a trailer wheel that, one report says came off. At any rate, the driver was located and a report made on the incident.
The next big fire – Inks Lake area, The Park Road Fire or CR116 Fire. This one started last night and ran along Park Rd. 4 from CR 118 to SH 29 and on from there. It was last reported at 500 acres and 35% contained. Numerous homes and park area residents were evacuated. Lampasas firemen, along with Kempner firemen were dispatched with brush trucks and a tanker to help with this one.
It has brought numerous resources into the area because of the rough country and fodder for wildfire.