BASTROP, Texas (KXAN) - For the Bastrop Fire Department, brush and wild fires are nothing new. And for many people who live here, those threats are familiar to them, too.
While no one was hurt today and no homes lost, the fire is a painful reminder.
"I jumped in the car, and I got here before the fire trucks," said Bastrop resident Sharron Bennett.
She was checking up on her son's home along State Highway 95 while he was out of town with his family.
"All I could see was the trees on fire, and smoke everywhere," she said.
The house was just feet from the burning brush fire.
"I wanted to do whatever I could," she said. "I couldn't do much, I'm handicapped, but I got out here and did the best I could."
She grabbed a water hose and prepared herself, as firefighters showed up.
For Bennett, this was more than just brush fire in a dry field on the side of the road. It was a flashback to nearly two years ago.
"I lost my house during the wildfires," she said. "My daughter, my granddaughter, we all did. And I thought, 'oh no, Robert can't lose his house.'
"I was afraid my son's house was burning, and they would lose it all."
Bastrop fire officials say the fire started around 12:45 Wednesday afternoon near the road and worked it's way back, burning about five acres and threatening three homes. Firefighters had it contained less than an hour later.
They spent much of the afternoon and evening still putting out small fires and watching for hot spots.
Thankfully, the homes were spared.
It's a relief only people like Bennett can understand.
"Grateful, very grateful," she said. "Cause I know how I felt, when I lost everything."
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