Bill could add wildfire resources to Nebraska - News, Weather and Sports for Lincoln, NE; KLKNTV.com

Bill could add wildfire resources to Nebraska

Posted: Updated:

By: Channel 8 Newsroom
8@klkntv.com

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) Massive wildfires blamed on the summer drought are prompting lawmakers to rethink Nebraska's approach to fire safety.

Lawmakers will consider a bill this week that would add new firefighting resources in some of the most remote corners of Nebraska.

The measure by Sen. Al Davis of Hyannis would station single-engine air tankers near Chadron and Valentine to help fight fires in the Panhandle and the Sandhills.

The bill would also require the Nebraska Forest Service to thin its forests and expand training programs for residents and volunteer firefighters.

State Forester Scott Josiah says Nebraska will likely see a "new normal'' of mega fires because of heat, climate change and the spread of highly flammable pine trees.

Davis will present the measure Friday to the Legislature's Natural Resources Committee.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Police arrest one in connection with burglary near 70th and South

    Police arrest one in connection with burglary near 70th and South

    Lincoln Police arrested 22-year-old Jacob Krause for his involvement in a July 15th burglary near 70th and South. 

    More >>

    Lincoln Police arrested 22-year-old Jacob Krause for his involvement in a July 15th burglary near 70th and South. 

    More >>
  • Car Crash Kills 1 Motorcyclist This Morning

    UPDATE: Names released in fatal accident

    UPDATE: Names released in fatal accident

    Lincoln police say the driver of the motorcycle died just minutes after crashing with the jeep.  

    More >>

    Lincoln police say the driver of the motorcycle died just minutes after crashing with the jeep.  

    More >>
  • A tribute to Bill McArtor

    A ride to remember

    A ride to remember

    Less than 24 hours after a bike crash that claimed the life of Bill McArtor, family, friends and biker around Lincoln took to the road to pay tribute to a man that touched the lives of those around him. Father of two, the "fun uncle," the person who was there to play games with you. That's how Bill McArtor was remembered by family and friends. His niece, 19-year-old, Stephanie Wright, says "When I was little he lived with me and we played the Wii, every night together...

    More >>

    Less than 24 hours after a bike crash that claimed the life of Bill McArtor, family, friends and biker around Lincoln took to the road to pay tribute to a man that touched the lives of those around him. Father of two, the "fun uncle," the person who was there to play games with you. That's how Bill McArtor was remembered by family and friends. His niece, 19-year-old, Stephanie Wright, says "When I was little he lived with me and we played the Wii, every night together...

    More >>
Powered by Frankly
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2017 KLKN. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.