The 2011 Spicewood wildfire which consumed nearly 6,500 acres west of Austin has been ruled accidental, according to the Travis County Fire Marshal’s office.
The Fire Marshal’s Office’s Fire Investigative Team investigated the blaze and determined the fire was likely started by power lines located above the “area of the fire’s origin.” They say the power lines came into contact with each other on Sept. 4, due to high winds that day.
According to Lisa Block, with Travis County Emergency Services, investigators found that the wires “arced,” causing molten metal to fall to the ground. Block says the Keetch-Byram Drought Index for Travis County was nearly as high as the maximum rating.
The Spicewood Fire was one of dozens to ravage Central Texas in early September. It destroyed more than 60 homes and structures and burned for nearly two weeks.