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Raging Wildfire Sparks Evacuation of Inks Lake State Park, Hatchery, and Area Residents

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Local media reported yesterday (July 29) that Park Road 4 and Hoover’s Valley Road (CR 3509) were closed to through traffic following the evacuations of nearby homes, the Inks Dam National Fish Hatchery, and Inks Lake State Park due to a wildfire. At 7:20 p.m., it was stated that the Forest Service reported the fire had consumed roughly 500 acres and was five percent contained. As of early Monday morning, the dailytrib.com reported in an update that the fire was 35 percent contained.

The Texas A&M Forest Service responded to the fire, together with local fire departments. Many of these were called away only a few short days after fighting several other wildfires across three counties in the Texas Hill Country. It was last reported to be burning between CR 116 and Inks Lake State Park, on the Burnet County side of the Lake.

Officials have requested that people refrain from contacting the Burnet County Sheriff’s Office or from messaging its social media pages while the Burnet County dispatch coordinates with law enforcement and area fire departments on the scene. In the meantime, those residing along CR 116 to Park Road 4 have been evacuated. A shelter location has been set up at the Burnet Community Center, 401 E Jackson St. At last report by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, the fire started on private property but had crossed over to Inks Lake State Park.