Firefighters continue to battle wildfires in north-central Nebraska, with hopes that a cold front and higher humidity moving through the area will help moderate fire behavior.
Region 24 Emergency Management Director Doug Fox tells Nebraska Radio Network affiliate KBRB in Ainsworth, Nebraska, the forecast and the addition of a sky crane to dump river water should create a lot of fire suppression.
“I’m fairly optimistic”, Fox says. “If everything works the way they should, we may be getting to a mop up situation and just patrolling hot spots”.
So far, the three fires in the Niobrara River Valley are about 25-percent contained and have burned a combined 73,000 acres.
Residents of the small, Cherry County town of Sparks are on notice for evacuation because the largest of the three fires, the Fairfield Creek Fire, continues to path towards the town.
Authorities say lightning is to blame for starting the fires on July 20. So far, a reported three firefighters have suffered only minor injury.
(special thanks to affiliate Graig Kinzie, KBRB in Ainsworth, Nebraska)