TPWD helicopter patrols Hidden Pines fire perimeter (Source: Facebook)
VAN ZANDT COUNTY, TX (KLTV) -
Smoke from a 4,000-acre wildfire in Bastrop County making its way from Central Texas to parts of East Texas; enough to visibly fill the air and worry some residents.
The Van Zandt County Fire Marshal/Emergency Management Office did what they could to reassure residents by addressing the situation on Facebook:
"... There has been a increasing number of 911 calls reporting smoke in the air in Van Zandt County. This smoke is coming from the large fire in Bastrop County down south. This fire in Bastrop is over 4,000 acres and has burned homes. This fire is only about 10 percent contained. We will have periodic episodes of this smoke blowing across the County until our winds change to the north tomorrow afternoon..."
The post went on to say that residents should not have reason to panic.
Governor Greg Abbott on Thursday declared a state of disaster for Bastrop County, where more than 6 square miles have burned and at least nine homes are destroyed.
According to the Associated Press, the Texas A&M Forest Service estimated Wednesday that the fire was about 50 percent contained. It was about 15 percent contained Thursday morning and more than 150 homes remain at risk, AP reports.