Neighbors and firefighters managed to stop a large brush fire near a colonia in Petronila from spreading to homes Tuesday afternoon.

The fire broke out around 2:30 p.m. Tuesday near a colonia off County Road 63 and viewers on Facebook could see a large cloud of smoke coming from the area.

Authorities said the wind was causing the fire to whip around, and there are no water mains in the area and many of the colonias have well water. Still, neighbors pitched in and fire crews responded and were able to keep the flames away from most structures.

Firefighters said when they arrived they did find the back of one house on fire, but they were able to get it under control. Thankfully, no people or animals were hurt in the fire.

Investigators said someone was burning trash nearby and the flames got out of hand, leading to the blaze.

Authorities warned residents to be on the lookout for rattlesnakes that could have been disturbed during the fire.

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