Lancaster County residents evacuated in fire may return home; all other traffic will be redirected

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – Families are now able to return home Monday morning after wildfires raced across southwest Lancaster County on Sunday.  All other traffic will be redirected so crews can finish battling the fire.

A disaster declaration will be made to request federal and state resources.

The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office issued an evacuation order for the area at 2:44 p.m. on Sunday.  They say at least three homes were lost in the fire.  Though, an official count needs to be completed to determine the extent of the damage.

Wind gusts near 50 miles per hour were accelerating the blaze making it challenging for responders.

The Sheriff’s Office said the fires have since been controlled.  But multiple fire departments and “well over 100 firefighters” continue to battle hot spots.

Authorities are still asking anyone who does not live in the area to stay away.

Channel 8 spoke with a member of the Cortland Fire and Rescue Team, Cristi Grusing, who says the community brought in tons of food and water to help.

“These are friends and family and I mean we’ve got farmers, we’ve got medical people, we’ve got office people, they’re just here to help,” said Grusing.

Two firefighters were reportedly injured over the weekend, one with minor injuries and the other sustaining serious injuries.

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