Firefighters battle grass fires all across the state

 Posted By: Veronica Ortega

Fire and rescue crews had to deal with very windy and dry weather conditions all day Monday. This may have led to several grass fires across the state.

Fires were reported in Riverdale, Hershey, North Platte, Seward, Clarks, and Gretna.

“Once a fire gets started it could spread extremely fast. The fire could be extremely intense and furious and it becomes extremely hard to stop, ” says Meteorologist Sean McMullen.

The fire in North Platte started around 2 p.m. between a row of houses and the North Platte River. Several fire departments were called in to lend a hand, and two airplanes also helped put out the flames.

Authorities in North Platte say the fire was contained around 8 p.m. Monday night. Residents had to be evacuated from their homes, and the Red Cross was called in to help. 

The fires in Seward and Clarks both started around 6 p.m. and again help came from other fire departments.The fire in Seward happened near Highway 34 and 182nd St. They say that fire was under control by 9 p.m.

The flames in Clarks burned well in the overnight hours. No word yet on what exactly caused those fires.