Wind-whipped wildfire that threatened area homes contained

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MOODY, Texas (KWTX) Crews from at least five departments contained a rapidly spreading wildfire that was threatening some rural homes Thursday in the area of Eddy and Moody.

Gusty winds from an approaching cold front fanned the flames early Thursday afternoon.

Initial reports indicated that some residents were being evacuated, but authorities later said no evacuations were required and no homes were damaged, although flames did get within 100 yards of some residences.

Firefighters from Bruceville-Eddy, McGregor, Troy, Moody and Lorena responded.

"Anytime we need them they're just a call away," said James Finch, Training & Safety Officer for the Bruceville-Eddy Volunteer Fire Department. "They're here to help our citizens and residents."

"They did an awesome job out here," said Jeff Wilhelm, Manager of the Heart of Texas Fire Corps. "The guys did a really good job getting on it, they called for mutual aid pretty fast which is very important for multiple departments to work together as one brotherhood."

Wilhelm at the scene to provide rehab to firefighters.

"We're making sure that they're not going to get too cold in this weather, we also check their vital signs to make sure that they don't get a lot of carbon monoxide due to the heavy smoke," said Wilhelm. "Just make sure they're all in good condition to go back out and fight fire."

The fire evidently was caused by embers from a burn Monday night that homeowners thought was

"When you're doing any kind of control burn you really wanna check the wind conditions, there are some guidelines on the Texas quality control website of when not to burn," said Wilhelm.

The homeowner was out there with firefighters helping search for hotspots and pouring water on the burn pile.

She told KWTX she was going to stay up all night to watch for any flare-ups.