Nebraska Wildfire Tripling In Size

By:  Newsroom

Strong winds are whipping wildfires in northwest Nebraska roughly tripling their size despite firefighters' efforts.

The fires have now burned an area more than twice the size of Omaha, roughly 273 square miles, including at least 27,000 acres in South Dakota.

The outlook was improving earlier today because cooler weather overnight helped firefighters make good progress near Chadron, but the governor who toured the damage this morning says the fire north of Rushville broke through its containment lines.

“We're trying to do everything we can to contain it in Nebraska and again in chadron and crawford they've made very good progress they feel it's contained but not totally controlled yet again Rushville is the challenge,” Governor Heineman says.

Heineman says nearly 50 additional volunteer firefighters have responded to the area and are working to put the flames out.