Heavy winds were likely a factor in Tuesday’s large grass fire north of Paxton in western Nebraska.
According to Paxton Fire Chief Kyle Gartrell, a witness reported seeing sparks coming from a power line around 3 PM, possibly due to wind gusts of about 60 miles per hour.
Those sparks reportedly set fire to a nearby field with the heavy winds causing the flames to spread swiftly.
More than a dozen area fire departments responded to the fire and had most of it knocked out before the rain began falling in the late afternoon, but not before the fire burned up to 6,000 acres.
No injuries were reported and no structures were damaged, though Gartrell said some structures were threatened.
Thanks to Josh Mackey, KOGA, Ogallala