- Associated Press - Tuesday, October 13, 2015

SMITHVILLE, Texas (AP) - A wildfire burning on about 270 acres outside of the Central Texas town of Smithville has prompted the voluntary evacuation of a state park, a research center and about a dozen homes.

Texas A&M; Forest Service spokeswoman Kari Hines says structures on the evacuated areas were considered threatened by the wildfire Tuesday but weren’t in immediate danger. She says they were making progress on fighting the fire, which was 40 percent contained by late Tuesday.

Buescher State Park and the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center’s Science Park were voluntarily evacuated.

Hines says bulldozers and aircraft were helping fight the fire.

Hines says the wildfire was one of several that started Tuesday in Bastrop County, which was experiencing low humidity and a lack of moisture.

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