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Firefighters battle blaze in Gonzales County; 10 homes destroyed

Sept. 5, 2011 at 4:05 a.m.


A fire in Gonzales County raged on Monday evening as firefighters from surrounding counties worked to contain it.

The fire started about 1 p.m. Sunday at State Highway 304 and State Highway 713 in Caldwell County, Gonzales County firefighter Keith Verdecanna said.

The fire had burned more than 2,500 acres and destroyed 10 homes, Verdecanna said.

Residents in the direct path of the fire were evacuated Sunday.

Evacuation was optional for those outside the direct path of the fire.

Fire departments from Gonzales, Luling, Waelder and other area towns responded to fight the blaze.

Between 300 to 400 firefighters were on the scene on Monday evening, Verdecanna said.

The cause of the fire was unknown.

This was one of many fires during the holiday weekend in the Crossroads, although none grew to the size of the blaze that consumed 500 homes near Bastrop.

By Monday afternoon, Crossroads residents started seeing smoke from the Bastrop fires near Austin.

Victoria County Fire Marshal Ron Pray advised residents to keep their windows closed and stay inside to avoid the smoke.

"The wind is bringing it in, and there's nothing we can do about it, so everyone should try to stay inside," Pray said.

Goliad County Sheriff Kirby Brumby issued an update Sunday on a fire that started about noon Saturday. The fire was just inside the Goliad County line, north of Weesatche.

The fire spread rapidly because of the high winds and between 75 and 100 acres of wooded land were burned, Goliad Fire Chief Alonzo Morales said.

It took 40 firefighters from seven volunteer fire departments to put out the fire.

The fire was started as a campfire by four young men who were hog hunting. They lost control of the fire. A citation was written by sheriff's deputies.

Another fire occurred Sunday in Bee County.

A fire started on Cobweb Ranch Road. The fire was ignited by a flat on a hay trailer causing sparks. The Goliad Fire Department sent a tank truck to help with the blaze.

A fire also occurred Sunday afternoon, caused by high winds blowing power lines. The sparking lines landed in the grass and between 50 to 75 acres were burned. All of the volunteer fire departments in Goliad County responded.

Brumby noted that residents should be advised that the burn ban is still in effect.

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