HOW TO HELP: Info on helping those affected by Hidden Pines wildfire

Here are the list of organizations and ways you can help those that were affected by and those helping fight the Hidden Pines wildfire in Bastrop County.

Austin Disaster Relief Network

Visit for emergency financial assistance, transportation, emotional and spiritual care, long term care. There is also a survivor hotline at 512-806-0800.

The Smithville Rec Center is open at 106 Gazley in Smithville from 8 a.m to 8 p.m. (10/18). Phone number is 512-237-3282. Clothing vouchers, emergency financial assistance, spiritual/emotional care and long term family care will be offered at no cost to those displaced. Austin Disaster Relief Network and the American Red Cross is participating.

Red Cross (Local Chapter in Austin)

The Red Cross of Central Texas also says you can donate to Red Cross Disaster Relief by visiting, calling 1-800-RED-CROSS or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Donations to Disaster Relief will be used to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small.

Livestock animals
Hills Prairie Auction Barn on FM 304 or Bastrop Rodeo Arena on Loop 150
Donations of Hay, Feed, Buckets etc… taken to Bastrop Rodeo Arena

Small Animals
Bastrop Animal Shelter
589 Coolwater Drive Bastrop, Texas
(512) 549-5160

Have legal questions?
The State Bar of Texas has set up a hotline at 1-800-504-7030

The Bastrop County Office of Emergency Management, alongside local organizations, has released several ways the community can get involved to help fire victims and first responders.

New Volunteer Information:
Please go to
Click on the volunteer or donation buttons.

  • Vetted monetary donations are being accepted at Bastrop County Long Term Recovery (BCLTR) and Prosperity Bank in Smithville. All others are NOT vetted, according to Bastrop County. 
  • What firefighters need:

Aleve, Advil, Visine
Fresh fruit
Clorox wipes
Paper goods: plates, cups, napkins, etc
Vaseline, chapstick
Gallon Ziploc bags
Large garbage bags
Cleaning supplies: disinfectant spray, dish soap, etc
Healthy snacks: granola bars, cheese sticks, crackers, etc

Donations can be taken to:
Smithville Fire Department, 317 TX-230 Loop, Smithville, TX 78957

Small animals can be taken to the Bastrop Animal Shelter. Livestock can be taken to the Bastrop Rodeo Show Barn (must check in with on scene personnel) and the Hills Prairie Auction Barn on 304 south of Bastrop. -Bastrop County Office of Emergency Management 

  • Other Livestock Information:

Hills Prairie on FM 304 is open, and so is Bastrop Rodeo Arena. Donations of feed, hay, buckets, etc. are needed.Contact is Rachel Bauer at the Bastrop Rodeo Arena.

For those who are delivering Animals, you will need a special placard showing you are authorized to bring the animals in. Check with BCSO to obtain placard or you will not be allowed to drop them off. -Bastrop County Office of Emergency Management 

RECENT UPDATES: Here are the most recent updates, evacuations, and road closures


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