Lancaster County wildfires under control after evacuations; at least 3 buildings destroyed

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office issued an evacuation order for the southwestern portion of the county on Sunday afternoon as multiple fires raged.

The order was for the area south of Saltillo Road and west of Southwest 12th Street.

The Lincoln-Lancaster County Emergency Management Agency also said those between 38th and 54th Streets and Olive Creek Road and Apple Road should leave.

About 8 p.m., the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office said the fires were “under control and not spreading,” though firefighters were still working hot spots.

Residents can’t yet return home, and people are urged to stay away from the area.

The sheriff’s office said two fires were reported in Lancaster County.

The first, which started southwest of Firth, was contained by 6 p.m. No buildings were known to be lost in that blaze.

The second was reported near Southwest 86th Street and West Gage Road, along the Lancaster-Gage county line.

At least three buildings have been destroyed in that blaze, according to the sheriff’s office.

At 9 p.m., the fire was in a 5.8-square-mile area bounded by Apple Road, West Panama Road, Southwest 86th and Southwest 100th Street, according to Emergency Management.

The city of Lincoln is not currently under threat, authorities said.

The Nebraska State Patrol asked farmers in the area to turn on their pivots to help fight the fire.

Eighteen agencies responded to the fires, according to Emergency Management.

One firefighter suffered serious injuries on Sunday, and another had minor injuries, the sheriff’s office said.

The National Weather Service was reporting wind speeds of 30 mph and gusts near 50 mph.

Anyone displaced by the fires should go to Lincoln Southwest High School.

This is a developing story. Stick with Channel 8 for the latest.

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