Dozens of families packed up their belonging and evacuated their homes in Callahan County. Many residents in Clyde reported power outages and saw the blaze from their front yards, and what started as a grass fire evolved into a blaze that stretched over hundred of acres across Callahan County. No injuries were reported, but at least one home was gutted.
"The difficulty has been so wide spread and trying to get a handle on what was going on where," Bill Shaw, Assistant Chief of the Hamby Fire Department, "we've lost several homes.
Dozens more were evacuated or damaged, for Jesse's family, the fire was across the street from their home, where police blocked off the roads.
"If they would have let us through it would have been a little bit better, but they were trying to hold us back," says Jesse, "it was a little bit scary."
Jesse received a phone call from a friend who told her the fire was near her ranch, she rushed home immediately to gather her family and prize-winning animals together. The fire did not spread to her house, but the family was not going to take any chances.
"Just the way that the police made it sound, made me panic a little bit," says Jesse.
Her mother Sally who lives nearby also rushed to the family's home.
"My main concern was if they had to evacuate them, what's more than one person could do," says Sally, "so I just wanted to come to help."
Between 10-15 fire departments responded to the fire, firefighters expect to keep close watch on the blaze through the night, and most of them are volunteers.
"We have volunteers that have to leave work, we've got several ACU students on the Hamby on the Hamby Department and they leave school," says Shaw, "because a fire doesn't wait for you to get off work to start putting it out."
And all are working hard to keep families like Jesse's safe from harm. The American Red Cross was also on the scene helping the families affected and firefighters onsite.