Bovee Fire 30% contained after torching 15,000 acres in central Nebraska

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) — Crews are making major progress on the deadly Bovee Fire that’s torched approximately 15,000 acres at the Nebraska National Forest.

Rocky Mountain Complex Incident Management Team 1 says it’s 30% contained as of Tuesday morning.

Officials say Monday was cooler, less windy, and even provided some light rainfall to help suppression efforts.

The team also credits local firefighters who they say saved many structures, while dealing with a tragic loss.

Purdum Volunteer Fire’s Assistant Chief Mike Moody suffered a heart attack after joining the fight, according to Region 26 Emergency Management.

All evacuations have since been lifted and Highway 2 is back open at this time.

Drivers are still urged to be extra cautious due to smoke and teams moving through the area.

Authorities are also reminding everyone that wildfires are a no-fly zone, so don’t use drones nearby.

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