The fire started near the Abbey at approximately 12:42 p.m. according to Live Oak County Sheriff's office. Nine homes on Explorer Lane were destroyed; 10 homes on Hunter's Trail were gutted as the fire continued and 15 homes on Pathfinder were also destroyed by the flames said LOC Sheriff authorities. Acreage on Broken Arrow, Blackbear, and Lazy Lane, as well as countless vehicles, boats and sheds were consumed in the fire, said Live Oak County Chief Deputy Glenn Thompson. The fire is still active as high winds continue to blow the embers, Thompson said. "There were no fatalities, although several people were taken by ambulance to area hospitals," Thompson stated.
Fire trucks from Lagarto, Three Rivers, George West, Orange Grove, Beeville, Mathis, Whitsett, and a helicopter from the Texas Forestry Service responded. "The helicopter hovered over the lake and drew in 500-800 gallons of water in 20 seconds," said Deputy Johnny Calaway. Several dozers were brought in to create fire breaks and help contain the fire, said fire officials. At approximately 5:20 p.m. Karnes County firetrucks were dispatched to the scene as well. Texas Energy Services sent two tankers with water, said Sheriff's authorities. An emergency management team is on it's way from Austin according to Sheriff's dispatchers.
Fire officials advised families to stay out of the neighborhood as there are still "hot spots." Shelters have been set up at Lagarto Community Church, West Shore Baptist Church, and the Zephyr Baptist Encampment said LOC Sheriff authorities. Currently the Red Cross is on the scene at the Lagarto Fire Department to help bring aid to the victims of the fire.