Authorities watching for ‘creeping’ flames in Bastrop, but wildfire still contained

Cold, damp weather expected to help extinguish fire

A fire that started in Bastrop State Park is no longer growing, but authorities are still watching for “smoldering” and “creeping” flames as of Thursday afternoon.

The Bastrop County Office of Emergency Management said flames burned through 812 acres. Containment is at 70%.

“Resources have continued to patrol and improve containment lines today. 6.2 miles of containment line has been constructed and secured, with another 2.8 miles of containment line on which crews are continuing to improve. Fire behavior remains low, with scattered heavy down wooden material smoldering,” Bastrop County Office of Emergency Management said in a Facebook post.

Alex Bregenzer, a spokesman for the Texas A&M Forest Sevice, said the containment lines held overnight, and the wind shift did not affect the fire.

“Low temps, and there is a possible chance for precipitation, whether that be snow, sleet or rain, over the next couple of hours and that will help with our operation today,” he said earlier Thursday.

Smoke is expected to linger for the next few days, he said.

The precise cause of the fire that began Tuesday has not been determined, but a prescribed burn in Bastrop State Park is suspected.

Bregenzer said the cause of the fire is still under investigation by TPWD.

No injuries were reported and no homes were reported destroyed.

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