KENS 5 Eyewitnesses have shared photos of a massive fire that burned along Highway 57 west of San Antonio, leading to authorities calling for a voluntary evacuation of local residents for a brief time on Tuesday.
According to the Zavala County Sheriff's Department, the fire started at 12:20 p.m. Tuesday at the Winter Garden Co-op Cotton Gin in Batesville. As of 8 p.m., officials say changes in wind direction have led to smoke blowing away from the town.
Several fire departments, including crews from Uvalde, Crystal City, Batesville, as well as volunteer fire departments assisted in extinguishing the fire, which local officials say burned more than 1,000 cotton bales.
Roads were briefly shut down and a voluntary evacuation installed, but as of Tuesday evening the evacuation center has been shut down.
No injuries were reported as a result of the fire.
Smoke was visible on KENS 5's satellite imagery.
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