MARLIN, Texas (FOX 44) – UPDATE: The Marlin Volunteer Fire Department announced on Wednesday afternoon that the Bull Dog Fire is now 100 percent contained, and all firefighting operations have ceased. Texas Forest Service resources have packed up and moved back to their respective staging areas. The Falls County fire was reported to be at 75 acres.

The Marlin Volunteer Fire Department, along with several Falls County and McLennan County fire departments, as well as the Texas A&M Forest Service, originally responded to the fire on Tuesday evening. The cause of the fire was determined as a tree rubbing a power line, which set fire to a shed.

The fire was near County Road 220, where ten to 15 homes were evacuated. There has been one confirmed outbuilding destroyed. No homes were lost, and no one was injured. The Falls County Sheriff’s Office said on social media Tuesday night that if those evacuated had nowhere to go, they were urged to go to the Marlin Volunteer Fire Station on State Highway 6.

The Marlin Volunteer Fire Department posted an updated on social media Wednesday, saying fire operations resumed that morning. This consisted of putting out any remaining glowing embers and cooling off any hotspots.

The agencies who responded to the fire were the Marlin Volunteer Fire Department, City of Marlin Fire Department, Texas Forest Service (for air support & ground support), TIFMAS (Texas Intrastate Fire Mutual Aide System), the Reagan Volunteer Fire Department, the Lott Volunteer Fire Department, the Rosebud Volunteer Fire Department, the Westphalia Volunteer Fire Department, the Chilton Volunteer Fire Department, the Riesel Volunteer Fire Department, the Bremond Volunteer Fire Department, the Robinson Volunteer Fire Department, the City of Bellmead Fire Department, the City of Waco Fire Department, the Downsville Volunteer Fire Department, the McLennan County Fire Corp, Falls County Sheriff’s Office deputies and dispatchers, the Falls County Road and Bridge Department, the City of Marlin Public Works, Constable Precinct #1 Johnathon Shoemaker, Constable Precinct #2 Marion Humphrey, Constable Precinct #4 Jerry Loden, the Texas Department of Public Safety, AMR, and the Falls County EMC.

Several aircraft were called to assist from the Forest Service. Crews are still on scene. Citizens are encouraged to stay clear of CR-220.

As of 9:30 p.m. on August 2, the fire was out and there was just a little bit of stuff smoldering – according to the Marlin Volunteer Fire Department. The department also sent out a special thanks to the people who came out and brought food, cookies, water, Gatorade and words of encouragement.

As of 7 a.m. on August 3, Marlin citizens can now resume Drought Contingency Stage 4 water use regulations.

Mayor Carolyn Loftin said on August 2 that she is asking all citizens to please limit water usage. Due to the ongoing firefighting efforts, a strain is being put on the city lake.

Loftin said that citizens are encouraged to only use water for bathing, drinking and food preparation. Citizens are being asked to not to water lawns, not wash clothes, or complete any other task which can wait until the fire is under control. Loftin also reached out to the Governor’s office for assistance.