Nebraska forest fire contained

By:  KLKN Newsroom

Fire officials say a blaze that burned 1,043 acres of the Nebraska National Forest is now fully contained.

Tim Buskirk, the forest's Bessey District ranger, says the blaze was contained Wednesday afternoon. He says a few crew members will continue to monitor the area for flare-ups, but most have been released to their home units or to other assignments.

The fire started with a mid-day lightning strike on Saturday, approximately 22 miles southeast of Halsey. No private lands, structures or outbuildings were damaged.

Buskirk says authorities will now focus on assessing the damage to roads, trails and other parts of the forest.

The entire Nebraska National Forests & Grasslands remains under fire restriction orders, and fireworks are not allowed anywhere on National Forest System lands.