NEMA says Road 702 Fire is now 47% contained

Nebraska Emergency Management (NEMA) says the Road 702 Fire is now 47 percent contained and has burned 42,425 acres across several counties, including Furnas and Red Willow. 
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Courtesy: NEMA

CAMBRIDGE, Neb. (KLKN) — Progress is being made in the battle against the raging wildfires in Southwest Nebraska that injured more than a dozen firefighters and killed a retired fire chief.

Nebraska Emergency Management (NEMA) says the Road 702 Fire is now 47 percent contained and has burned 42,425 acres across several counties, including Furnas and Red Willow.

In a press release, NEMA said the increase in acreage is due to the addition of a previously burned part of the blaze that was not initially detected.  There was no significant growth to the fire on Monday.

Containment is achieved when a control line (natural or manmade features may be used) has been completed around the fire, which can reasonably be expected to stop the fire’s spread.

So far, the Road 702 Fire has injured five firefighters.  Recent fires across the state have injured a total of 15 firefighters and claimed the life of John P. Trumbull, the retired fire chief in Cambridge.

 

 

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