Nebraska village evacuated as wildfire rages

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) — A wildfire in south-central Nebraska on Thursday forced the evacuation of a village in Furnas County.

About 8:30 p.m., the Nebraska State Patrol said on social media that Edison, a village of about 130 people on the Republican River, was under evacuation order.

Gosper County Emergency Manager Roger Powell had estimated shortly after 3 p.m. that the fire was 5 to 6 miles long and 1 mile wide.

He told Channel 8 about 7:30 p.m. that the fire had grown but that he couldn’t give a size estimate.

Powell is asking for people to stay away from the area to give crews room to work.

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