Two homes were threatened and several homes were evacuated Thursday afternoon after a grass fire spread quickly over 40 acres between Bruceville-Eddy and Moody, fire crews said.

Bruceville-Eddy Volunteer Fire Department firefighters were called to the 2200 block of Eddy-Gatesville Parkway shortly after 2 p.m. A resident was burning yard debris on private property, when strong winds blew in and quickly spread the fire, Training and Safety Officer James Finch said.

“We had two structures in danger at one point, but there was no damage reported,” Finch said. “We will continue to put out hot spots, but it burned about 40 acres by the time we got it under control.”

According to the Nation Weather Service, wind speeds reached more than 30 mph in rural McLennan County. Fire crews from Lorena, Troy, Moody, McGregor and the Heart of Texas Fire Corps helped battle the rapidly moving fire.

“Anytime we need them, they are just a call away,” Finch said. “They are always here to help, always willing to help us, our citizens and our residents.”

Moody Police Chief Roger Kennedy said officers went to homes on Keim Road and had residents clear out as a precaution because of the gusty winds. Residents were able to return within couple of hours, and no homes were damaged.

Texas A&M Forest Service Regional Fire Coordinator Matthew Schlaefer said the fire stretched about two miles from where it started before firefighters were able to stop its progression. Crews were able to extinguish the fire by 5 p.m., Schlaefer said.

Kristin Hoppa has been covering public safety and breaking news for the Tribune-Herald since January 2016. She worked in Northwest Missouri covering crime-related issues before her move to Central Texas. She is a University of Kansas graduate.

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