YULEE, Fla. - Nearly 40 acres burned - 15 of those belonged to a family who say they feel lucky they got to their horses on time.

Randy and Cristy Scott showed First Coast News what their property looked like after a brush fire torched 15 acres of their 20 acre lot.

"It's what sustains my horses and we move some of our cattle down here at times," said Cristy.

Her horses were out in the pasture when the fire broke out Friday afternoon in the O’Neil area of Nassau County.cristy says her daughter In law spotted flames and called her.

"My daughter in law drives a school bus and she was on Barnwell and she come across and she saw the fire at first and she called it into her transportation department and they called the fire department then she called us because she knew the horses were down here," Cristy said.

Luckily, Cristy and Randy got to their horses on time. but had they not, the outcome would have been a different one.

"It could have been a lot worse. The fire trucks and everybody they did a heck of a good job."

Although they don't know when their land will recover from the fire, they're just grateful no one was hurt – including their horses.

"Sometimes burning off the brush is good for the pasture," said Cristy.