Killeen: Large wildfire threatens homes

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KILLEEN, Texas (KWTX) Flames from a large wildfire were threatening homes early Thursday afternoon in Killeen, but firefighters were ultimately able to extinguish the blaze.

The fire was burning in the area of Reese Creek Road and Ivy Mountain Road.

Multiple fire units were dispatched to the area and Bell County's East Side and West Side strike teams were activated just after 1:30 p.m.

A transformer blowout caused the fire, officials said.

Residents of the Mountain View Mobile Home Park were evacuated and other nearby residents were on standby for possible evacuations, officials said.

Killeen animal control officers were sent to the area to remove some animals that were potentially in danger from the flames.

Some residents in the Goodnight Ranch subdivision used their garden hoses to help keep flames from spreading.

Others used shovels to tamp out hot spots.

“There were three spots that were on fire and my son-in-law got a shovel and started to put dirt on them. Other neighbors started clearing their stuff out too," resident, Donna Anderson said.

No injuries were reported.

About 50 acres of land was charred.