The blaze streaked in the tall and matted grass west of the perimeter fence at the former naval air station.
Assistant Fire Chief Lanny Holland was forced to cut the fence next to the outermost runway strip to let brush trucks from several fire departments onto the property where the fire raged.
High winds blew the flames quickly from one place to another, consuming almost everything in their path.
Deputies went from house to house on State Highway 202 warning residents on the south side of the highway of the approaching flames.
Utility trucks from American Electric Power watched their electric lines in the area and paid special attention to a right of way where the company has large transmission lines running to Beeville.
By 5:30 p.m., much of the blaze was under control but firemen remained in the area watching for the flames to reignite.
The cause of the fire was not available on Wednesday.