Oak Grove Fire contained in San Marcos, no further spread

Oak Grove Fire in San Marcos Remains at 400 Acres, 50% Contained

SAN MARCOS, Texas – The Oak Grove Fire in San Marcos, which broke out on August 5, is currently estimated to cover an area of 400 acres and remains 50% contained, according to the Texas A&M Forest Service.

Authorities have reported that there has been no significant growth in the fire’s size. However, some flare-ups and smoke can still be seen within the fire area, although they are confined to interior regions near the containment lines.

In light of the ongoing efforts to fully contain the fire, the road leading to the Oak Grove Fire has been closed for clean-up. First responders have been tirelessly working around the clock to ensure the fire is brought under control.

“Crews have been diligently working, and considering the current weather patterns, we expect this work to continue. Our personnel are taking breaks, getting refreshed, and being replaced by fresh crews to maintain the momentum,” stated Walter Flocke, a representative of the Texas A&M Forest Service.

Local residents and nearby fire departments, such as those in Hays County, have been exhibiting extraordinary dedication by investing their time and effort in combating the fire. Many volunteers have sacrificed precious moments with their families to contribute to the ongoing firefighting operations.

Frank Abernathy, a San Marcos resident located just a few miles from the Oak Grove Fire, is familiar with the necessary steps for wildfire preparation. He expressed his concern and readiness, saying, “We started preparing our emergency bags and making arrangements for our cats and dogs.”

Initially, a dozen homes had been evacuated, while 60 more were under threat from the blaze. However, within the next 24 hours, the evacuation order was lifted, and residents were allowed to return to their homes, though traffic was restricted to locals only.

“When the fire was at its peak, no evacuations were in place. We maintained this stance throughout the day, and residents within the affected zone have been granted access to their homes. However, we still urge everyone to exercise caution,” emphasized Flocke.

The National Fire Protection Association recommends that people develop an emergency evacuation plan and practice it with their household members. Abernathy echoed this sentiment, stating, “In situations like these, one must be quick to realize the need to evacuate or pay close attention to changing wind directions. Taking unnecessary risks should never be an option.”

The cause of the Oak Grove Fire is still under investigation, and authorities continue to analyze the circumstances surrounding its origin and spread.

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