It could have been much worse.
Farmers and ranchers across Central Texas have had less than ideal growing conditions over the past few months, according to Texas AgriLife Extension Service observers, but damage from wildfires and heavy rain has been less than expected.
“Most of the losses from the fire were small-landholder losses and didn’t have too much of an agricultural impact,” said Rachel Bauer, AgriLife Extension agriculture and natural resources agent for Bastrop County. “Some fences around ranches were burned, but there was little loss of livestock. Some smaller livestock, like sheep and goats were lost to the fire, but no large animals that I know of were lost.”
Pastures hit by the fire were already greening up and did not appear to have suffered any long-term damage, she said.