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Austin firefighters respond to 90 fires within four hours during July 4 celebration


Austin-area first responders kept busy over the holiday weekend.

The Austin Fire Department responded to 90 brush, dumpster and grass fires between 8 p.m and midnight, saying that “presumably most were fireworks related.”

The fires were mostly small, with only one growing up to two acres in size, though AFD said they responded to three structure fires. Causes of the structure fires have yet to be reported.

AFD had some assistance from 11 surrounding fire departments, including Round Rock and Cedar Park.

Ahead of the holiday weekend, local officials warned of fire risks due to continuous days of hot and dry weather paired with the ongoing drought.

The Austin Police Department also had a busy holiday, responding to multiple shootings over the weekend.


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