Volunteers firefighters were able to get the upper hand on a fast-moving wildfire near Mountain Home on Sunday.
Reported at 3:30 p.m., firefighters found a blaze threatening several homes, one pushed by strong gusty winds. Robbie Walker said he called the fire into 9-1-1 and left his home with his grandson.
The suspected culprit in Sunday's fire was a lawnmower. The fire was located west of Farm-to-Market Road 479 and north of Interstate 10. It is currently unknown how many acres were consumed, but the initial report placed the fire's size at 60 acres.
Firefighters mounted a defense around the homes, and the lack of dense cedar trees also aided them. While structures were threatened, no homes were damaged. One house had tools and other items on its property that were destroyed or damaged.
Kerr County Emergency Management Coordinator Dub Thomas said 50 firefighters from 10 volunteers departments in Kerr and Gillespie counties fought the blaze. Three fire-retardant dropping airplanes aided in the fight and two private bulldozers.
"This was tough because we didn't have all of our Kerr County resources," Thomas said on the scene. "We still had people on the other fire in East Kerr).
Thomas spoke of Saturday's blaze, which had plenty of dense cedar to burn, that torched several hundred acres west of Comfort and northwest of Center Point. That fire was 80% contained Sunday night, but it still required attention from firefighters.
A Fredericksburg firefighter puts out a hotspot on Sunday near a home.