Fires burn over 100 acres in Llano County
June 25, 2013, 5:30 pm by Lance Reaves
A pair of grass fires in Llano County on Sunday and Monday torched more than 100 acres and forced several residents to evacuate their homes.
Sunday’s incident led Llano County Commissioners on Monday to reinstate the burn ban, which prohibits outdoor burning and carries a $500 maximum fine.
Firefighters from around the county rushed to the scene of a grass fire Sunday morning in south Rio Llano and another Monday afternoon at Slator Ranch.
The blaze in Rio Llano burned approximately 47 acres, and several people were told to evacuate their homes as the fire approached shrubs and other flammable objects on their property, according to Llano Volunteer Fire Department Chief Tim Harden.
Eight trucks from Llano along with nine others from Buchanan Dam, Valley Spring and Castell were called to help put down the flames.
"It was started by a controlled burn that basically got out of hand,” Harden said.
Harden added that a man was allegedly burning trash on his property when the wind blew embers and flames into the dry grass.
The fire at Slator Ranch burned approximately 75 acres, Harden said.
For the full story, see Wednesday's Llano County Journal
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