Wittmann brush fire raged within a mile of homes

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WITTMANN -- Fire crews had quite a fight on the hands when a huge brush fire broke out in Wittmann early Wednesday morning.

Huge brush fire

Wittmann brush fire keeps crews busy - Fire crews had quite a fight on the hands when a huge brush fire broke out in Wittmann early Wednesday morning.

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The flames came within a mile of homes before firefighters were able to knock it down.

Firefighters from five different agencies were called out to 223rd Avenue and Patton Road at about 1 a.m.

Thick, dry brush fed the wind-whipped flames.

Some 60 firefighters surround the blaze, containing to about 50 acres.

Fire crews say they dodged a bullet.

"Fortunately, the fire was early this morning when the temperatures were 80s and 90s," said Chief Eddie Rio of the Wittmann Fire Department. "This particular fire, if it had happened this afternoon, we probably would have had a full first alarm out there to change crews because it would be so hot. Even this morning, the crews were taking a beating out there because the fire was so hot. We were chasing it, trying to knock it down before it jumped fire lines. They did a very good job."

Crews expected to remain on the scene throughout the day for mop-op operations and to make sure nothing flared up.

No injuries were reported.

Investigators are looking into the cause of the fire.