NE National Guard helicopters help dose wildfires across state
GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KLKN) — The Nebraska Army National Guard sent two helicopter crews and support personnel, at the direction of Governor Ricketts, to help dose wildfires in north and central Nebraska.
A total of 11 soldiers deployed Thursday evening from the Army Aviation Support Facility in Grand Island with two helicopters equipped with water buckets.
Storms throughout Wednesday afternoon and evening produced lightning strikes, which are believed to have sparked at least 20 different fires, says Seth Peterson of the Nebraska Forest Service.
Peterson said the largest fire burned about 6,000 acres near Brush Creek and Hwy 11.
As of Friday morning, the National Guard dropped 34 buckets totaling more than 23,000 gallons of water. The fires are now 95% contained.