More evacuations expected in Medina County wildfire; Gov. Abbott to visit area

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Fire officials said nearby residents should stay aware of fire development and be prepared to leave quickly if they receive an evacuation order.

SAN ANTONIO — A large brush fire south of Medina Lake more than doubled in size Saturday is now up to 1,045 acres Sunday morning. Mandatory evacuations were issued Saturday and shelters provided for residents near the area.

Medina County fire officials said more evacuations are expected Sunday and residents in the area should be ready with a “go bag” in the car or near the exit of the home.

The fire, which began Friday night, was continuing overnight into Sunday morning. Fire crews said they would keep up the fight overnight to bring the blaze under control. 

They’re advising the general public to stay clear of the area. The smoke plume will be visible from San Antonio and will directly impact the air quality near Medina Lake, Bandera, Pipe Creek, Boerne, Comfort, and Kerrville. 

A Red Flag Warning was issued for Sunday as well. See below for more information.

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– The Medina County fire #dasgoatfire is expected to stay…

Posted by Bexar County 2 Fire Department on Sunday, March 27, 2022

Residents were asked to evacuate immediately Saturday for the following locations according to NWS and Medina County Office of Emergency Management:

  • East of County Road 271
  • West of the Medina River 
  • South of F.M. 1283 
  • County Roads 2651 and 2652
  • The town of Mico

Shelters available at the following locations:

  • Loma Alta Middle School (266 County Road 381 South) 
  • Fire station on FM 1957  
  • Circle K at the corner of FM471 and 211

Medina County officials said those in the north and northeast parts of Medina Lake including the Red Cove area need to keep aware of the fire. 

They said to have a planned escape route established and leave early as it’s better to be safe than be slowed down due to other people evacuating. 

Medina Lake area, fire update!!  All Medina County ESD #1 and multiple Texas Forest Service fire units have been on…

Posted by Medina County Office of Emergency Management on Friday, March 25, 2022

The fire was 65% contained at one point Saturday. A Black Hawk helicopter was flown over the fire to do water drops. Saturday afternoon, planes were seen gathering water from the lake.

Multiple agencies were on the scene Friday, including several Bexar County fire units, according to their Facebook page. The Texas A&M Forest Service is also responding to assist local firefighters. 

An initial investigation shows the blaze was caused from a car fire, a spokesperson for the Medina County Office of Emergency Management confirmed to KENS 5. 

This is a developing story. Check back with for updates.