Less than 24 hours after emergency managers lifted evacuation orders in Bastrop County, Texas for a fast moving wildfire, officials warned of wind chills dropping into the teens as the Lone Star State braces for wild swing in temperatures.
The Rolling Pines Fire is currently 58% contained after burning 783 acres. At its height, 250 families were evacuated on Tuesday, threatened by the flames. The Bastrop County of Emergency Management reported that firefighters worked through the day in expectation of the gusty changing winds.
WILDFIRE THREATENS HOMES IN BASTROP COUNTY, TEXAS
In what some consider relief, a cold front moved through Wednesday bringing with it a wind shift and a much cooler air mass. Winds gusted 30-35 mph late Wednesday. The temperature dropped 22 degrees in just six hours and continues to fall into the 20s.
In the same area, where the National Weather Service recently warned of fire weather, a Winter Weather Advisory is now in effect for around the Austin metro area, and the forecast even calls for a chance for a mix of sleet and snow.