Over 200 firefighters now battling the massive blaze in southwest Nebraska

The Road 702 Fire is 74% contained despite high winds and dry conditions, but critical conditions return today

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – Crews made major progress Tuesday on containing the large wildfire burning in southwest Nebraska.

More than 200 firefighters are now battling the blaze that killed a former volunteer fire chief and destroyed several homes last week.

High winds remain a challenge, but containment has grown from 47% to 74%.

“The major footprint of the fire stayed where it was supposed to be despite 30 to 40 mph winds,” according to Rocky Mountain Complex Incident Management Team spokesman Terry Krasko. Critical fire conditions were forecasted to return Wednesday, but with lower winds.

Crews have dug fire lines around about three-fourths of the fire that has burned 65 square miles of grass and farmland.

“No injuries. No more structures lost,” Krasko told the Associated Press on Tuesday night from Cambridge, Nebraska. “I think the biggest loss we had today was a few hay bales.”

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