A fire was burning in east Orange County in a wooded area behind homes along Spring Buck Trail early Monday evening.
At one point, the fire burned dangerously close to a half dozen homes off Curry Ford Road. Firefighters were concerned about the fire from the moment they arrived.
"It looked as if the flames were coming right for the house. So it was a little scary for a little bit," said resident Bill Scott.
One neighbor took a hose to his rooftop, as deputies went door to door. They were taking a head count in case evacuations were needed.
"They told us to be packed because if they came by, we were going to have to leave at that moment," said resident Sean Monk.
Tankers and trucks had to be refilled with water before heading back on dirt trails into the burning area. At least one resident reported seeing teenagers just before three to four fires popped up. Neighbors said the area was a regular hang out for kids.
"They're back there quite a bit, but there's not much you can do because it's so far in the woods nobody can see them," said Monk.
Firefighters got the fire under control by Monday night and evacuations were not needed.
Tuesday morning the fires were completely out and investigators returned to the scene to try to figure out what sparked it.