500 acres burned in Custer County

By:  KLKN Newsroom

Volunteer firefighters spent seven hours battling a blaze in central Nebraska that burned 500 acres of pastureland.

The fire started around 2 p.m. Wednesday, about eight miles east of Callaway in Custer County.

Callaway Volunteer Fire Chief Charles Jorgenson says a hot bearing on hay-harvesting equipment appears to have sparked the blaze. The flames spread quickly into pasture with a lot of cedar trees.

Firefighters from Callaway, Arnold, Ansley, Broken Bow, Merna, and Oconto were on the scene until 9 p.m. Wednesday.