Prepare Now as More Evacuations are Possible
Governor Greg Abbott is currently meeting with local emergency crews and fire fighters in Medina and Bandera Counties in lieu of significant fires in the region that remain under Red Flag Alert.
Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) Chief Nim Kidd tells us the Lone Star State has been experiencing many grassfires due to lack of rain, low humidity and gusty winds.
At least a dozen counties are currently under disaster declarations, with more expected by Gov. Abbott after his visit to the Medina Lake area today.
Fire officials are warning nearby residents to remain aware of fire development and be prepared to leave quickly if they receive an evacuation order.
As of 3 p.m. (CST), a large brush fire south of Medina Lake more than doubled in size since Saturday. It is now up to 1,062 acres (30% contained) fire officials report.
Medina County officials are monitoring to determine if more evacuations will be necessary Sunday evening and Monday.
“It’s always a good idea in these situations to have a ‘bugout bag’ prepared and in the car or near the exit of each home,” Kidd advised.
“Be sure to preplan your escape routes to leave early as possible as it is far safer than to be slowed down or trapped due to others evacuating at the last minute.”
Mandatory evacuations have been issued for this weekend with shelters provided for residents near the area.
The fire began Friday night and has continued into Sunday. Fire crews will maintain their operations overnight to bring the blaze under control.
People are advised to remain clear of the area. Smoke will likely remain visible from San Antonio and can directly impact the air quality near Medina Lake, Bandera, Pipe Creek, Boerne, Comfort, Medina, Centerpoint, Camp Verde and Kerrville.
Immediate Areas of Fire Management concern:
- East of County Road 271
- West of the Medina River
- South of F.M. 1283
- County Roads 2651 and 2652
- The town of Mico
Shelters are available at the following locations:
- Loma Alta Middle School (266 County Road 381 South)
- Fire station on FM 1957
- Circle K at the corner of FM471 and 211
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