In less than 20 minutes, Erath County volunteer fire departments assembled a six-truck strike team Tuesday night to assist battling a fast-moving wildfire burning in the Possum Kingdom Lake area.
"Palo Pinto County desperately needs our help right now, this is the neighborly thing to do," Assistant Chief Joe Brown said just before climbing into one of four fire trucks.
Firefighters departed at 8:30 p.m. and returned to Stephenville about 5:30 Wednesday morning.
Brown said Erath County firefighters saved 10 homes, but at least 30 were destroyed.
"Makes me proud to hear the Erath strike team over the radio, saved another structure," Brown said in a Facebook status update late Tuesday night.
Texas Forest Service spokesman John Nichols told the Associated Press Tuesday evening that 125 homes were threatened by the wildfire that started earlier in the day and has spread to about 5,000 acres in Palo Pinto County. The area where those homes are located has been evacuated.
The blaze comes just four months after massive blazes in the Possum Kingdom Lake area scorched hundreds of thousands of acres and destroyed 160 homes.
Nichols said they were investigating the cause of the fire, which had not been contained Wednesday afternoon. He said firefighters are battling the wildfire on the ground and from the air.
Brown said local firefighters battled flames near a community called The Cliffs at Possum Kingdom. Firefighters from the Proctor Volunteer Fire Department joined the Erath County team.
Erath County is also under a serious fire danger.