They say that your golden years are the best years of your life. For most older Americans, that's how it should be - a time to relax, reflect, and live life in a familiar place. After all, senior citizens in the U.S. have worked tirelessly to build a better economy, serve their communities, and raise families.
However, as seniors grow older, sometimes they cannot live independently without someone by their side to provide care. Unfortunately, some older Americans aren't able to rely on their adult children for help. The reality in today's world is that family members do not have the skills or time to dedicate to caring for their parents. That's where Always Best Care Senior Services comes in.
Our in-home care services are for people who prefer to stay at home as they grow older but need ongoing care that family or friends cannot provide. More and more older adults prefer to live in the comforts or their home rather than in an assisted living community. Home care in Blanco, TX is a safe, effective way to give your loved ones the care they need when they need it the most.
Since 1996, Always Best Care has provided non-medical in-home care for seniors to help them maintain a healthy lifestyle as they age. We are proud to have helped tens of thousands of seniors to maintain a higher level of dignity and respect. We focus on providing seniors with the highest level of home care available so that they may live happily and independently.
Unlike some senior care companies, we genuinely want to be included in our clients' lives. We believe that personalized care is always the better option over a "one size fits all" approach. To make sure our senior clients receive the best care possible, we pair them with compassionate caregivers who understand their unique needs.
The Always Best Care difference lies in life's little moments - where compassionate care and trustworthy experience come together to help seniors live a fruitful, healthy life. Whether you are an aging adult that can't quite keep up with life's daily tasks or the child of a senior who needs regular in-home care services in Blanco, TX. Always Best Care is here to help.
Home is where the heart is. While that saying can sound a tad cliche, it's especially true for many seniors living in America. When given a choice, older adults most often prefer to grow older at home. An AARP study found that three out of four adults over the age of 50 want to stay in their homes and communities as they age. When you begin to think about why, it makes sense. Home offers a sense of security, comfort, and familiarity.
The truth is, as we age, we begin to rely on others for help. When a family is too busy or lives too far away to fulfill this role, in-home senior care is often the best solution. Home care services allow seniors to enjoy personal independence while also receiving trustworthy assistance from a trained caregiver.
At Always Best Care, we offer a comprehensive range of home care services to help seniors stay healthy while they get the help they need to remain independent. As your senior loved one ages, giving them the gift of senior care is one of the best ways to show your love, even if you live far away.
To give our senior clients the best care possible, we offer a full spectrum of in-home care services:
If your senior loved one has specific care needs, our personal care services are a great choice to consider. Personal care includes the standard caregiving duties associated with companion care and includes help with tasks such as dressing and grooming. Personal care can also help individuals with chronic conditions like diabetes or Parkinson's or Alzheimer's.
Sometimes, seniors need helpful reminders to maintain a high quality of life at home. If you or your senior has trouble with everyday tasks like cooking, our home helper services will be very beneficial.
Using this kind of care is a fantastic way to make life easier for you or your senior loved one. At Always Best Care, our talented caregivers often fill the role of a companion for seniors. That way, older adults can enjoy their favorite activities and hobbies while also receiving the care they need daily or weekly.
According to AARP, more than 53 million adults living in the U.S. provide care to someone over 50 years old. Unfortunately, these caregivers experience stress, exhaustion, and even depression. Our respite care services help family caregivers address urgent obligations, spend time with their children, and enjoy other activities. Perhaps more importantly, respite care gives family members time to recharge and regroup. Taking personal time to de-stress helps reduce the risks of caregiver burnout.
When it comes to non-medical home care, our goal is to become a valuable part of your senior's daily routine. That way, we may help give them the highest quality of life possible. We know that staying at home is important for your loved one, and we are here to help make sure that is possible. If you have been on the fence about non-medical home care, there has never been a better time than now to give your senior the care, assistance, and companionship they deserve.
Always Best Care in-home services are for older adults who prefer to stay at home but need ongoing care that friends and family cannot provide. In-home care is a safe, effective way for seniors to age gracefully in a familiar place and live independent, non-institutionalized lives. The benefits of non-medical home care are numerous. Here are just a few reasons to consider senior care services from Always Best Care:
While it's true that some seniors have complicated medical needs that prevent them from staying at home, aging in place is often the best arrangement for seniors and their families. With a trusted caregiver, seniors have the opportunity to live with a sense of dignity and do so as they see fit.
In-home care makes it possible for millions of seniors to age in place every year. Rather than moving to a unfamiliar assisted living community, seniors have the chance to stay at home where they feel the happiest and most comfortable.
How much does a senior's home truly mean to them?
A study published by the American Society on Aging found that more than half of seniors say their home's emotional value means more than how much their home is worth in monetary value. It stands to reason, that a senior's home is where they want to grow old. With the help of elderly care in Blanco, TX, seniors don't have to age in a sterilized care facility. Instead, they can age gracefully in the place they want to be most: their home. In contrast, seniors who move to a long-term care facility must adapt to new environments, new people, and new systems that the facility implements. At this stage in life, this kind of drastic change can be more harmful than helpful.
Institutional care facilities like nursing homes often put large groups of people together to live in one location. On any given day, dozens of staff members and caregivers run in and out of these facilities. Being around so many new people in a relatively small living environment can be dangerous for a seniors' health and wellbeing. When you consider that thousands of seniors passed away in nursing homes during the COVID-19 pandemic, opting for in-home care is often a safer, healthier choice for seniors. Aging in place has been shown to improve seniors' quality of life, which helps boost physical health and also helps insulate them from viral and bacterial risks found in elderly living facilities.
For many seniors, the ability to live independently with assistance from a caregiver is a priceless option. With in-home care, seniors experience a higher level of independence and freedom - much more so than in other settings like an assisted living community. When a senior has the chance to age in place, they get to live life on their own terms, inside the house that they helped make into a home. More independence means more control over their personal lives, too, which leads to increased levels of fulfillment, happiness, and personal gratification. Over time, these positive feelings can manifest into a healthier, longer life.
More independence, a healthier life, and increased comfort are only a few benefits of aging in place. You have to take into consideration the role of cost and convenience. Simply put, it's usually easier to help seniors age in place than it is to move them into an institutional care facility. In-home care services from Always Best Care, for instance, can be less expensive than long-term solutions, which can cost upwards of six figures per year. To make matters worse, many residential care facilities are reluctant to accept long-term care insurance and other types of payment assistance.
With Always Best Care's home care services, seniors and their families have a greater level of control over their care plans. In-home care in Blanco, TX gives seniors the chance to form a bond with a trusted caregiver and also receive unmatched care that is catered to their needs. In long-term care facilities, seniors and their loved ones have much less control over their care plan and have less of a say in who provides their care.
In-home care is a valuable resource that empowers seniors to age in place on their own terms. However, a big concern for many families and their loved ones is how much in-home care costs. If you're worried that in-home care is too expensive, you may be pleasantly surprised to learn that it is one of the most affordable senior care arrangements available.
Typically, hiring an Always Best Care in-home caregiver for a few hours a week is more affordable than sending your loved one to a long-term care facility. This is true even for seniors with more complex care needs.
At Always Best Care, we will work closely with you and your family to develop a Care Plan that not only meets your care needs, but your budget requirements, too. Once we discover the level of care that you or your senior need, we develop an in-home care plan that you can afford.
When you or your senior loved one needs assistance managing daily tasks at home, finding a qualified caregiver can be challenging. It takes a special kind of person to provide reliable care for your senior loved one. However, a caregiver's role involves more than meal preparation and medication reminders. Many seniors rely on their caregivers for companionship, too.
Our companion care services give seniors the chance to socialize in a safe environment and engage in activities at home. These important efforts boost morale and provide much-needed relief from repetitive daily routines. A one-on-one, engaging conversation can sharpen seniors' minds and give them something in which to be excited.
At Always Best Care, we only hire care providers that we would trust to care for our own loved ones. Our senior caregivers in Blanco,TX understand how important it is to listen and communicate with their seniors. A seemingly small interaction, like a short hug goodbye, can make a major difference in a senior's day. Instead of battling against feelings of isolation, seniors begin to look forward to seeing their caregiver each week.
Understanding the nuances of senior care is just one of the reasons why our care providers are so great at their job.
Unlike some senior care companies, our caregivers must undergo extensive training before they work for Always Best Care. In addition, our caregivers receive ongoing training throughout the year. This training ensures that their standard of care matches up to the high standards we've come to expect. During this training, they will brush up on their communication skills, safety awareness, and symptom spotting. That way, your loved one receives the highest level of non-medical home care from day one.
The first step in getting quality in-home care starts with a personal consultation with an experienced Care Coordinator. This initial consultation is crucial for our team to learn more about you or your elderly loved one to discover the level of care required. Topics of this consultation typically include:
An assessment of your senior loved one
An in-depth discussion of the needs of your senior loved one to remain in their own home
Reviewing a detailed Care Plan that will meet your senior loved one's needs
San Antonio is known for its unique cultural heritage, gorgeous Spanish missions and hosting some of the best museums in the country. But the city is also home to a huge urban wilderness right smack in the city. ...
San Antonio is known for its unique cultural heritage, gorgeous Spanish missions and hosting some of the best museums in the country. But the city is also home to a huge urban wilderness right smack in the city. Phil Hardberger Park has 330 acres of green space that serves as a protective habitat for native Texas plants and animals. It's also a recreational haven for (human) San Antonians to bike, hike, picnic and play.
Keep reading to learn more about this free admission San Antonio wonderland.
Phil Hardberger Park, opened in 2010, is the 330-acre dream of a former San Antonio mayor, Phil Hardberger, who served from 2005-2009. He wanted to preserve the city's wildlands and create a nature escape for urban dwellers of all ages.
The park has seven and a half miles of connected trails, built sustainably with decomposed granite and paved surfaces. Routes include the Geology Trail (.8 miles), Oak Loop Trail (.84 miles), Water Loop Trail (1 mile) and part of the 25-mile Salado Creek Greenway. See the full park map for trail heads.
You don't have to go far to get a sense of the landscape. From Salado Creek Overlook, a 60-foot-long steel structure perched high on a bluff, look down into fossil-rich landscapes as they appeared centuries ago. You'll wonder: are those glittering objects sitting in the savannah habitat UFOs? No. They're agriculture irrigation wheels re-purposed by local artist Anne Wallace. The sequins in this installation, called Golden Age, catch sunlight, creating a beautiful, sometimes eerie flickering meant to be reminiscent of wildfires that used to dot the region.
The park has won awards, including for landscape design, air quality stewardship, plus LEED Gold certification for its PHP Urban Ecology Center. It has also garnered attention for demonstrating how to balance the land between nature preserve and recreational use: or, as some put it, "cultivated wild." Seventy-five percent of the park is a wildlife preserve, and 25% is set aside for recreation. Restored and preserved habitats include Texas brushland, wetlands, oak savannah, oak woodland, grasslands and cedar elm woodland.
Admission and parking is free. Phil Hardberger Park is open sunrise to sunset, seven days a week.
West entrance: 8400 NW Military Highway, San Antonio, TX 78230East entrances: 13203 Blanco Road, San Antonio, TX 78216 and 1021 Voelcker Lane, San Antonio, TX 78248Salado Creek Overlook: 1021 Voelcker Lane, San Antonio, TX 78248Golden Age Public Art Installation: 8400 NW Military Highway, San Antonio, TX 78230
Former Mayor Hardberger says he's especially proud of the new Robert L.B. Tobin Land Bridge, "because it is the first of its kind in the United States. But even more importantly, it’s an example of man and animals living together in harmony in an urban landscape.”
The bridge, which links the park's east and west sides over busy six-lane Wurzbach Parkway, is a genius solution to habitat fragmentation that can make it nearly impossible for species to survive. It multitasks as an architectural gem, a new model for eco-friendliness, and an enchanting haven for San Antonians.
Since the bridge opened in December 2020, native plants have thickened, covering the structure; wild animals are now using it too. As of 2022, all mammals known to reside in the park — including bobcats, axis and white-tailed deer, striped skunks and nine-banded armadillos — have been spotted crossing the bridge.
The Skywalk that leads up to the land bridge offers an amazing squirrel's-eye view of the tree canopy. Completed in 2021, the 1,000-foot-long, 6-foot wide weathered-steel Skywalk is shaded and has seating for wildlife watching.
The Skywalk also has two new wildlife blinds — works of art you can sit in. Located atop the land bridge, they're perfect for discreetly watching birds and other animals. The blinds are perforated with images of armadillo, free-tailed bat, bobcat, native plants, which come to light as light filters through the screen walls. Watch how San Antonio artists Ashley Mireles and Cade Bradshaw created these public art pieces in this six minute documentary.
Find it: 13203 Blanco Road, San Antonio, TX 78216
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Two big dog parks on each side of the park offer big dog and smaller dog areas as well as shade trees, water, picnic tables, clean-up stations and even dog agility ramps.
Find it: East dog park at 13203 Blanco Rd, San Antonio, TX 78216 and west dog park at 11672-000-0100, San Antonio, TX 78231
The Native Plant Wildscape Demonstration Garden showcases native Texas plants; you can learn how to create wildlife-friendly “wildscapes” at home. The Butterfly Garden attracts native pollinators. On Tuesday mornings at the Children’s Vegetable Garden, kids learn to plant and harvest from master gardeners. That program costs $75, and families are expected to attend and participate for about a three-month period.
At the Bird Water Feature, recycled rainwater piped from a 3,900-gallon cistern provides water year-round for birds and other animals. Watch them through a viewing blind.
Groups can request free guided hikes led by master naturalists. The Phil Hardberger Park Conservancy also sponsors about 100 programs annually for children and adults; check the online calendar for more information.
Native Plant Wildscape Demonstration Garden: 8400 NW Military Highway, San Antonio, Texas 78231Butterfly Garden: 13203 Blanco Road, San Antonio, TX 78216Bird Water Feature: 13203 Blanco Road, San Antonio, TX 78216
Recreation is neatly integrated throughout the whole wilderness park. Playscapes feature slides, swings, merry-go-rounds, climbing bars and stroller-friendly rubberized ground cover. Two basketball courts and open fields are large enough to play soccer and football — or fly a kite. There are also shaded picnic areas, BBQ pits and restrooms.
The Children’s Nature Play Area is built from reclaimed trees. Play tic-tac-toe on stumps, build teepees, cross stepping stones or crawl over a fallen tree.
Children's Nature Play Area: 8400 NW Military Highway, San Antonio, TX 78230Basketball courts: 8400 NW Military Highway, San Antonio, TX 78230
The parkland was previously the site of Max and Minnie Voelcker’s dairy farm. The Phil Hardberger Park Conservancy has worked with other organizations to restore the historic homestead's dairy barn, windmill and 1830's Texas Stone House. The homestead is only open for special events, such as Children's Vegetable Garden classes and annual Dairy Days in the Fall. Check the park's calendar for more information.
Find it: Historic Voelcker Homestead at1021 Voelcker Lane, San Antonio, TX 78248
TxDOT said it is developing preliminary plans to turn Highway 281 into a divided, four-lane highway from the Comal County Line to US 290.BLANCO COUNTY, Texas — History can be found inside Twin Sisters Dance Hall in Blanco County, as it’s been around since the 1870s. It’s also a place where dance hall president Jo Nell Haas found something else.“I did dance here when I was much younger,” laughed Haas. “It was w...
TxDOT said it is developing preliminary plans to turn Highway 281 into a divided, four-lane highway from the Comal County Line to US 290.
BLANCO COUNTY, Texas — History can be found inside Twin Sisters Dance Hall in Blanco County, as it’s been around since the 1870s. It’s also a place where dance hall president Jo Nell Haas found something else.
“I did dance here when I was much younger,” laughed Haas. “It was where all the teenagers came at that time, and I met my husband.”
This dance hall is important to Haas and the community.
“You see the parents dancing with their two- and three-year-olds here and they are sleeping under the tables afterward, that’s going to last a lifetime,” smiled Haas.
She also wants this dance hall to last more lifetimes, which is why when she heard TXDOT has preliminary plans to expand Highway 281, she was concerned. The highway is just a few hundred feet from the dance hall.
“TxDOT didn’t reach out to us,” said Haas. “When I called and talked to them, they said we talked to some people, and I said, 'Well, you didn’t talk to us and we are a historic building.'”
She said many other landowners are concerned as well and were not aware of the possible expansion. TxDOT said they are developing preliminary plans to turn Highway 281 into a divided, four-lane highway from the Comal County Line to US 290. TxDOT said they plan to have environmental studies completed by early 2024 and that construction will depend on funding.
When KVUE asked TxDOT if any businesses could be threatened, it said: “We are in the preliminary stages and have not determined the right of way necessary to complete the project.”
TxDOT added that “the purpose of the proposed project is to enhance safety and improve mobility by providing additional roadway capacity to meet current and future traffic demands due to population growth and increased traffic volumes.”
Haas wishes the decision would depend a little more on the people in the impacted communities.
“It is a hard balance, and it’s going to grow no matter what, and we have to work with them and there are right ways to do it,” said Haas.
The dance hall itself will not be threatened by any expansion, but they are concerned about the noise and vibrations from more traffic and big trucks.
“This is a very, very old hall. It is very delicate,” said Haas. “So you have the vibrations already at times and so you get closer, the closer you come the more vibration, the more windows are going to fall out, the more fragile wood is going to crack and fall or come loose.”
Haas also has concerns over any access roads that would potentially be part of the expansion. These worries over the possible expansion are shared by people in the City of Blanco, just 10 minutes down the road, including Blanco Mayor Rachel Lumpee.
“We have a beautiful town, lots of charm,” said Mayor Lumpee. “It's a wonderful place. And the traffic, I mean, you can hear it behind me, it's hard to actually appreciate the beauty with all the noise.”
TxDOT said it will not be expanding Highway 281 in Downtown Blanco, but that just means even more traffic will bottleneck into downtown.
“When the expansion does come, I expect it to be piled up, lots of traffic,” said Mayor Lumpee. “I mean, we have two lanes and one light. It's going to be very crowded.”
That’s why last week the City of Blanco created a Highway 281 Task Force and is working with TxDOT and other Hill Country towns that will be impacted to discuss options. The mayor would like to see a relief route to alleviate traffic through Downtown Blanco, but she has concerns over having to acquire land and money for that.
“We understand growth is coming, but there are things that you can do to try to maintain the lifestyle that we have here,” said Mayor Lumpee.
Whether it is protecting the charm of Downtown Blanco or protecting the infrastructure and history of a dance hall, this community knows growth is coming, and they just want to be a part of the conversation.
“I think we all just need to sit down and work together, instead of just developers coming in to do what they want, and TxDOT doing what they want,” said Haas. “I think they need to be considerate and ask, how can we work together on all of this?”
TxDOT said it will be holding a meeting at the end of next month for the public to share their input.
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El músico guatemalteco llevará su show a diferentes lugares de Estados Unidos, incluyendo el Madison Square Garden en Nueva YorkRicardo Arjona tuvo un año muy provechoso gracias a un tour que atravesó continentes con 105 conciertos en total, pero sus deseos de llevar su música a más rincones del mundo no se detienen. El músico guatemalteco acaba de anunciar las fechas iniciales de su gira Blanco y Negro: Volver, con la que en un principio visitará 23 ciudades de Estados Unidos....
El músico guatemalteco llevará su show a diferentes lugares de Estados Unidos, incluyendo el Madison Square Garden en Nueva York
Ricardo Arjona tuvo un año muy provechoso gracias a un tour que atravesó continentes con 105 conciertos en total, pero sus deseos de llevar su música a más rincones del mundo no se detienen. El músico guatemalteco acaba de anunciar las fechas iniciales de su gira Blanco y Negro: Volver, con la que en un principio visitará 23 ciudades de Estados Unidos.
Por primera vez, el intérprete de ‘El amor que me tenía’ llevará su show a ciudades como Austin, Kansas, Mineápolis, Ontario, Portland, San Diego, San Francisco y más. A su vez, se prepara para una noche inolvidable con sus fans en el Madison Square Garden de Nueva York, una de las plazas de eventos más importantes del país norteamericano.
“Blanco y Negro no está donde quiere. Está donde lo quieren. Felices de volver”, escribió Arjona en sus redes sociales. La publicación está acompañada de un video emocionante que recapitula lo que fue su 2022, un año repleto de recitales con la boletería agotada y cientos de fans cantando sus canciones.
Su gira actual corresponde a sus últimos dos lanzamientos discográficos, Blanco (2020) y Negro (2021), considerado uno de los proyectos más ambiciosos de su carrera, cuyas sesiones de grabación se desarrollaron en los icónicos estudios Abbey Road en Londres. Ambos discos fueron reunidos para un álbum doble que se complementa con un libro del mismo nombre, en el que relata el proceso de creación de los LPs junto con fotografías que retratan sus meses en la capital de Inglaterra.
El tour Blanco y Negro: Volver iniciará el 28 de abril en Seattle y se extenderá hasta mediados de 2023.
Fechas en gira Blanco y negro: volver
28/04, Seattle, WA, WaMu Theater
30/04, Portland, OR, Veteran’s Memorial Coliseum
05/05, San Francisco, CA, Chase Center
07/05, Los Ángeles, CA, Crypto.com Arena
11/05, Ontario, CA, Toyota Arena
12/05, San Diego, CA, Pechanga Arena
13/05, Glendale, AZ, Desert Diamond Arena
18/05, Austin, TX, Moody Center
19/05, Houston, TX, Smart Financial Centre
20/05, Dallas, TX, Texas Trust CU Theatre at Grand Prairie
22/05, Kansas City, MO, T-Mobile Center
25/05, Mineápolis, MN, Target Center
26/05, Chicago, IL, All State Arena
28/05, Nashville, TN, Bridgestone Arena
02/06, Boston, MA, Agganis Arena
03/06, Uncasville, CT, Mohegan Sun
09/06, Washington, DC, Capitol One Arena
10/06, Reading, PA, Santander Arena
11/06, Raleigh, NC, PNC Arena
18/06, Nueva York, NY, Madison Square Garden
21/06, Orlando, FL, Amway Center
22/06, Tampa, FL, Yuengling Center
25/06, Miami, FL, FTX Arena
Blanco, TX – Certified American Grown is excited to be partnering with H-E-B Blooms to provide the floral design elements for the ...
Blanco, TX – Certified American Grown is excited to be partnering with H-E-B Blooms to provide the floral design elements for the Field to Vase dinner experience at Arnosky Family Farms. The dinner will celebrate the bounty of the farm, celebrate Dia de los Muertos, and bring together a community of American Grown flower and foliage enthusiasts. The dinner is a unique experience scheduled for Saturday, October 15, 2022.
Certified American Grown, the host organization, works to promote and represent the interests of America’s cut flower and foliage farming families. Working with Frank and Pamela Arnosky of Arnosky Family Farms and Texas Specialty Cut Flowers to bring this dinner to life, guests will be treated to a once-in-a-lifetime experience that is a feast for all senses. Known for their gorgeous array of flowers, the Arnosky’s have also become known for their marigolds and the beauty of celebrating the season, especially Dia de los Muertos.
The floral elements of the dinner will be brought to life by a wonderful team of floral designers from H-E-B Blooms led by Andy Hopper, AIFD, CFD, and Erin Esensee. Hooper has a long history spanning decades in interior and floral design and will bring his mastery to this year’s dinner, “Day of the Dead is all about reflecting on your loved ones who have passed on. We hope to bring it full circle and make it a beautiful yet traditional way to have a Day of the Dead dinner party. It’s about bringing a piece of those who have left, with you, and capturing the feeling of family and community.” Esensee continues the celebration of the event by noting, “I’ve been to lots of events, and there’s nothing like a field to vase dinner. There’s nothing that can duplicate the feeling of it.”
H-E-B Blooms is a full-service floral shop within the renowned supermarket chain H-E-B with locations throughout the state of Texas. H-E-B Blooms partners with American Grown farms such as the Arnosky Family to highlight their farm’s bounty. Bringing the partnership of farms and retailers together to bring this dinner event to life is exactly what the Field to Vase dinner is all about.
“This event promises to be truly magical and brings together the wonderful seasonal celebration and bounty grown by the Arnosky family,” said Camron King, Certified American Grown CEO & Ambassador. “Guests will get the chance to enjoy the beauty of the farm under the big Texas sky, a wonderful meal and great local wines and brews, several designs by H-E-B Blooms and their team, and amazing company. It is sure to prove to be a magical evening.”
The Field to Vase Dinner Tour is a national series that has been recognized for the unique and immersive experiences that are once in a lifetime in nature and execution. Each event is unique to the farm hosts, location, floral designers, and culinary experiences. The 2022 tour has already had stops in Carlsbad and Arroyo Grande, California, and in Oxford, Michigan. Tickets are limited and are available by visiting the Certified American Grown Field to Vase website.
Editor’s Note: This story has been updated to clarify there have been no new evacuation orders issued in Blanco County since Tuesday. BLANCO COUNTY, Texas (KXAN) — Agencies responded to a wildfire in Blanco County near the Hays County line that sparked Tuesday. It’s being called the Smoke Rider Fire. It’s not clear what started that fire, but nearby homeowners were told to evacua...
Editor’s Note: This story has been updated to clarify there have been no new evacuation orders issued in Blanco County since Tuesday.
BLANCO COUNTY, Texas (KXAN) — Agencies responded to a wildfire in Blanco County near the Hays County line that sparked Tuesday. It’s being called the Smoke Rider Fire. It’s not clear what started that fire, but nearby homeowners were told to evacuate Tuesday.
A public information officer for the Texas A&M Forest Service said about 30 structures, mostly homes, had been evacuated by around 5 p.m. Tuesday. No new evacuations were requested Wednesday, according to the Blanco County Office of Emergency Management.
Blanco County OEM said Wednesday at 11:38 p.m., crews began assessing damage, and early reports show nine structures were damaged or destroyed.
“Today’s [Tuesday’s] been crazy,” said Garrett Trahan, who lives off U.S. 290 near where crews closed the road.
He did not receive an evacuation order but packed up his truck just in case.
“Got my passports,” he said, as he showed us what was inside. “Got my crates for the animals and put all my important things in the truck.”
A temporary evacuation center was set up at Blanco Methodist Church at 61 Pecan St.
The fire is at the corner of FM 165 and Las Colinas in Blanco County. Both U.S. 290 and FM 165 are back open Wednesday, but the county urged drivers to watch out for firefighters and units working near roadways in the area.
Multiple fire departments from Blanco and Hays counties responded. As of 5:45 p.m. Wednesday, the fire had burned 800 acres and was at 60% containment.
“Wind has been sustained around 15-25 miles per hour out of the south, so that’s helping fuel this wildfire as well as the critically dry vegetation,” said Walter Flocke with the Texas A&M Forest Service.
“I’ve never seen it this dry out here before,” added Trahan.
The Wildland Task force was activated for the fire, according to the Hays County Office of Emergency Management.
PAWS Shelter of Central Texas evacuated its Dripping Springs location, which will be closed until further notice. All dogs and cats were moved to its Kyle Campus, Firehouse Animal Health Center in Belterra, and Stay-and-Play Pet Ranch. The animals will stay at those locations overnight until the shelter can reevaluate the situation on Wednesday morning.
The shelter also needs potential fosters on standby should longer-term placement be necessary. If interested, apply here.