Jim Engel, the Beatrice Rural Fire Chief, says the fire started in a roadside ditch and was pushed along by winds gusting up to 37-miles an hour.
“The grass isn’t going to be the issue, we can get the grass out, but we’ve got a lot of timber that’s burning down in a small timbered area,” Chief Engel says. “That’s going to be a real issue in the next three or four days with these winds, trying to control it and make sure it doesn’t reignite.”
No structures were lost in the blaze, just grassland, crop stubble and trees.
Engel says firefighters were investigating whether the fire may have been started by a discarded cigarette or whether it was set intentionally.
Some 13 counties in southeast Nebraska are under a Red Flag Warning today for high fire danger. Learn more at www.weather.gov.
By Doug Kennedy, KWBE, Beatrice