Dry conditions in Bell County have caused a burn ban to go into effect to avoid situations like the one today near Lake Belton.

It took several crews to contain a wildfire that threatened what KWTX called "dozens" of homes along Oakmont Circle east of Morgan's Point Marina. Some of the homes near Lake Belton had to be evacuated as a precaution earlier in the afternoon.

Our news partners at KWTX explain that the fire was about 80% contained by 6:30 p.m. Thursday evening. It was looking dangerous for 30+ homes along the lake shore for a time, but the hard working crews not only battled the blaze quickly, but several people have also been detained for questioning about the blaze.

We want to thank our CenTex firefighters who not only battled the blaze, but did so in 100-degree heat. We can't thank them enough for all they do. This could have been a far more dangerous situation had the fire gotten out of control.

The hot, dry weather is expected to continue into Friday, with a heat advisory in effect until 8 PM tomorrow. Chances for rain this weekend are only between 20%-30%. The Bell County Burn ban is expected to remain in place until August 21st.

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