1.7K acres burned in Parker County brush fires

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Fire crews checked out hot spots in parts of Parker County on Tuesday while some embers smoldered where wind-whipped brush fires burned the day before.

About 1,700 acres were scorched in Parker County on Monday. Thankfully, only a few homes suffered damage.

The flames may be gone, but they came dangerously close to nearby homes.

Brenda Nevels was helping her husband install a new mailbox Monday afternoon when her backyard suddenly caught fire.

Firefighters were able to keep the grass fire from reaching Nevels’ house and others that line Grant Drive. It sparked behind a business on Fort Worth Highway.

“All the embers from that fire are being carried by the wind and often times have spot fires which go out in advance of the fire,” said Weatherford Assistant Fire Chief Jonathan Peacock.

Video from FOX4 Drone shows just how close the 78-acre brush fire came to the 45 homes that make up the Kellyview subdivision in Weatherford.

“When we began to move in here, we did lose a couple wood small outbuildings,” Peacock said. “But it very quickly wrapped around a lot of the houses. Thankfully, the lawns were kind of low which kind of helped.”

It took 55 firefighters from several agencies to contain the fire in Weatherford. As of Tuesday afternoon, several hay bales at a nearby children's home were still burning.

Nevels says she nearly lost everything if it weren’t for the fast-moving firefighters.

“They couldn't have done a better job,” she said. “Just miracle workers. We were so blessed to have them.”

Peacock says 36 fire and brush trucks were used to fight the fire near Weatherford. The cause is still under investigation.