February 11, 2016

Wildfire jumps I-80 before firefighters bring it under control

Firefighters have been focusing on keeping hotspots from re-igniting after fighting a fire between Paxton and Roscoe overnight.

The Nebraska Emergency Management Agency reports that the fire started to the north of Interstate 80, then jumped the interstate before firefighters could get it under control.

The fire burned through 10,000 acres, destroying two occupied residences and one that was vacant. NEMA reports that at least three other structures and some machinery were destroyed. The Fire Marshal is investigating its cause.

One fire threatened Keya Paha County, but it never crossed the border from South Dakota.

Earlier, a fire that began at the Rosebud Indian Reservation in South Dakota, crossed the border and threatened Kilgore, Nebraska.

Fires in Boone, Cherry, Fillmore, Holt, Knox, Merrick and Nance Counties earlier burned an estimated 58,000 acres, bringing fire acreage estimates to about 300,000 acres this fire season.

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