Firemen battle blazes, heat


Thirty-one acres of land was damaged after eight fires spread along U.S. Highway 87 North on Sunday.
Fredericksburg Fire Department responded to the area at about 4 p.m.
“When we first arrived, it was difficult to determine how many there were. It seemed the whole area was on fire,” Billy Moellering of Fredericksburg Fire and EMS said.
Assistant City Manager Clinton Bailey used the city’s drone to help the responders identify the eight fires in the area that grew to four large fires.
The Fredericksburg Fire Department immediately called for assistance from other area departments such as the Wildland Task Force, volunteer fire departments from Tierra Linda, Stonewall, Doss, Willow City, Harper and Loyal Valley, Texas A&M Forest Service, Gillespie County Sheriff’s Office, and Texas Department of Public Safety. The Kerrville Fire Department also sent an engine with personnel to man Central Station while FFEMS was on the scene.
John Culpepper, City of Fredericksburg Director of Community Support was on scene, Kenneth Priess provided personal equipment for assistance and Dustin West, a citizen, provided traffic direction. 


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