Officials prepare for possible wildfires

By: Channel 8 News

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) State and local officials are preparing for another possible round of wildfires in Nebraska, with additional training and equipment for first responders who fought massive blazes last year.

Nebraska Forest Service program leader Don Westover says the state has avoided major fires this year because of greater humidity and fewer windy days. But Westover says the state could easily slip back into a severe fire season after a week of hot, dry weather.

In an effort to prepare for the worst, the state has added a single-engine firefighting plane to its arsenal during fire season, and approved additional training for firefighters. The additional resources were part of the Wildfire Control Act, a state law approved in the wake of massive wildfires last year in remote parts of Nebraska.