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8:39 pm
Mon September 5, 2011

New Mandatory Evacuation Orders In Bastrop County

A view of the Bastrop fire earlier today from Highway 71
Photo by Lizzie Chen for KUT News and ReportingTexas.com

The raging 25,000 acre wildfire is prompting new mandatory evacuation orders for these parts east of Bastrop.

  • All residents in the Hobbs Creek Subdivision.
  • All residents near Bastrop State Park and Buescher State Park extending all the way to FM Road 2104.  This area includes the residences along Gotier Trace Road, Antioch Road, and Old Potato Road.  
  • All residents in the Tahitian Village subdivision, the Colovista Subdivision, and all of the Colony.
  • All of Circle D County Acres area
  • All of the Lake Bastrop Acres subdivision
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wildfires
7:58 pm
Mon September 5, 2011

Wildfires To Close Some Schools Tuesday

A road closure at the intersection of highways 95 and 21 in Bastrop
Photo by Lizzie Chen for KUT News and ReportingTexas.com

Several school districts will be closed Tuesday as the result of wildfires that have scorched thousands of acres in Central Texas.

Bastrop ISD is closing all schools as fire crews struggle to contain a 25,000 acre wildfire in that community, currently the largest in Central Texas. Bastrop Middle School is being used as a shelter for evacuees.

Leander ISD has several school closures because of the wildfire in the Steiner Ranch area. Laura Bush, Steiner Ranch, and River Ridge elementary schools, and Canyon Ridge and Four Points middle schools will be closed.

Vandegrift high school will also be closed, because it is being used as a Red Cross shelter.  Rouse High School is also being used as a shelter, but Leander ISD has not said it if will be closed on Tuesday.

Smithville ISD says it will be closed because of fires located in the area.

Lake Travis ISD sent an email to parents Monday night, saying all classes would be held as normal on Tuesday, but also warning them to stay home if necessary.

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wildfires
6:42 pm
Mon September 5, 2011

Mandatory Evacuation in Parts of Northern Hays County

Updated at 9:58 pm: Hays County officials say they are ending a mandatory evacuation order for about 210 homes. Light winds, higher humidity and the grueling effort of firefighters has prevented the Pedernales One fire from pushing further into Hays County.

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Austin
6:16 am
Mon September 5, 2011

Central Texas Wildfires Update

Bailey (right) and Brandi Williams evacuated with their family to Bastrop Middle School at midnight. Evacuations are expected to continue Monday as high winds and low humidity reign over region. Photo by Lizzie Chen for KUT News.

Updated 10:00 a.m.

You can find the most up-to-date information on this post.

Firefighters continue to battle several wildfires in one of the worst wildfire emergencies Central Texas has ever seen. 

Updated 8:39 a.m.

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wildfire
12:44 am
Mon September 5, 2011

Evacuation Information for Bastrop, Steiner Ranch Fires

Bastrop Middle School became shelter from the firestorm for people living in the way of a massive wildfire that burned at least 14,000 acres of brush, wildlands and rural subdivisions. As of late Sunday night, there was no containment of the fire at all.
Photo by Lizzie Chen for KUT News

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.

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Breaking
6:30 pm
Sun September 4, 2011

Bastrop Fire Forces Hundreds to Evacuate

Smoke can be seen for miles as fire sweeps through Bastrop County. Photo by Matt Largey for KUT News.

12:00 a.m. UPDATE: More from KUT's Matt Largey at Bastrop Middle School:

"The folks sitting here, looking around, they look like they're kind of in shock. Obviously this is a difficult situation for them. They look exactly as you'd expect somebody to look like, who's just had to flee their home because of a wildfire."

Bastrop Middle School is one of several shelters set up for Bastrop County residents who've been forced to evacuate.

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wildfire
4:02 pm
Sun September 4, 2011

Brush Fire Forces Pflugerville Evacuation

Amy and Manny Pena and their dog, Mija, evacuated to Hendrickson High School after a wildfire threatened their home. The evacuation order has since been lifted. Photo by Matt Largey for KUT News.

6:00 p.m. update: KUT's Matt Largey reports the  brush fire at Hodde Lane and Cele Road in Pflugerville has been about 40% contained. The evacuation order has been lifted for the 180 or so households that had been evacuated to Hendrickson High School. The fire is no longer threatening subdivisions. Rural farmhouses or structures that may still be at risk will be evacuated individually on case-by-case basis as needed.

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Austin
2:12 pm
Sun September 4, 2011

Afternoon Brush Fire Destroys Two Cedar Park Homes

Updated: City officials tell KUT News all related grass fires have now been contained, though fire officials continue to monitor hotspots. Six area fire agencies responded to the fire earlier today to assist Cedar Park.  

From the City of Cedar Park:

 

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Austin
12:42 pm
Sun September 4, 2011

Brush Fire In Pflugerville Closes Road

Part of Dessau Road in Pflugerville is closed Sunday afternoon because of a grass fire.

Updated:  The first fire reported in the Pflugerville area today has been contained. Firefighters from Pflugerville and Travis County are now battling a second brush fire this afternoon. This one is around Hodde Lane near the Reserve at West Creek Subdivision.  From Pflugerville Police:

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Austin
9:13 am
Sun September 4, 2011

Top Morning Stories Sunday, September 4, 2011

Stage 2 Water Restrictions Go Into Effect Tuesday in the City of Austin. Image courtesy City of Austin.

Fire Danger Levels High in Central Texas Today

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Austin
12:11 am
Sun September 4, 2011

Texas Longhorns Beat Rice 34-9 in Football Season Opener

Longhorn Mike Davis on the run as the Texas Longhorns defeated Rice Saturday night 34-9. Photo courtesy of University of Texas at Austin athletics.

Texas Longhorn football fans breathed a sigh of relief- a least for this week- as the 'Horns beat the Rice Owls 34-9 in the seasoner opener. Those who follow the Longhorns weren't sure what to expect tonight, with a revamped coaching staff, depth chart, and attitude, coming off last year's disappointing 5-7 season.

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Austin
4:32 pm
Sat September 3, 2011

Hot, Windy, and Dry Through the Labor Day Weekend

Temps may be falling, but the rain still is not. Photo by KUT News.

The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning for just about all of Central Texas from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 p.m. on Sunday. A Fire Weather Watch is in effect for our area on Monday from 7:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m.

The weekend has been pleasant. It's been breezy and not as hot. So what do these warnings and watches mean?

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News Brief
5:39 am
Fri September 2, 2011

Top Morning Stories September 2, 2011

Cactus Pryor speaks at the LBJ Library and Museum in 1993. The longtime Austin broadcaster died Tuesday at the age of 88.
Photo courtesy Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library.

Remembering Cactus Pryor

A memorial service for Austin broadcaster Richard "Cactus" Pryor will be held this afternoon. He died Tuesday from complications from a fall and broken leg. He was 88 years old. Cactus spent 65 years on Austin's airwaves, both TV and radio.

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News Brief
6:57 am
Thu September 1, 2011

Top Morning Stories September 1, 2011

A new study out of UT Austin ranks the university second in the nation for efficiency.
Photo by KUT News

UT Study Ranks it 2nd in Efficiency

A new study says UT Austin is tied with the University of Illinois for second in the nation when it comes to the most efficient public universities. The study was done by an associate dean in UT's College of Liberal Arts.

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