Lampasas Firemen were called at 3:30pm to a wildfire 9 mi. west of Lampasas off 580W on the Ault Ranch. A lightning strike to ground caused the fire to erupt in dense cedar. When firemen arrived, they couldn’t get to the fire because of the brush and had to let a certain amount of it burn. The Forest Service, as well as Kempner and Lometa Fire Departments were on the scene with Lampasas units. According to Fire Chief Oestreich they couldn’t get air support for fires yesterday because of the cloud cover. The fire was small in size, only roughly about 5 acres, but firemen were not able to clear until around midnight last night.
While the Ault Ranch fire was going on, about 5pm, Lampasas was called to a grass fire on the Guthrie Ranch that lies along FM 581 near Adamsville. This fast moving fire took in some 110 acres, but was out by around 10pm last night. It was also started by lightning, according to Fire Marshal Ronnie Withers. Lometa, Adamsville, Event, Pottsville, Star and Oakalla firemen were all on the scene fighting the fire.
Another area wildfire was going last night in the SE corner of Hamilton County, not too far from the Coryell and Bosque lines. It was dubbed the 5 Wheels Fire and as of midnight last night had taken in 150 acres and was only 15% under control.