Several shelters have opened up throughout Central Texas for people forced to evacuate their homes becuase of the wildfires in Bastrop County and near Steiner Ranch, west of Austin.
The fire is burning between Smithville and the City of Bastrop, in and around Tahitian Village, The Colony, Colavista, Pine Forest and Circle D subdivisions, K-C Estates, La Riata, Pine Valley Estates and Pine Loop subdivisions.
Evacuees need to check in at one of the evacuation shelters, even if they aren't spending the night there. This allows the Red Cross and emergency services officials to get a head count, making sure everyone is out of harm's way.
For people evacuated in Bastrop County, four shelters are active:
- Bastrop Middle School
- Bastrop Church of Christ
- Smithville Recreation Center
- Smithville First Baptist Church
For people evacuated from Steiner Ranch, two shelters are operating
- Vandegrift High School
- St. Thomas More Catholic Church