Southwestern Nebraska wildfire near 100% containment

Courtesy Nebraska State Patrol

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – The Road 702 Fire in southwest Nebraska is now at 97% containment, according to the Nebraska Emergency Management Agency.

The wildfire, which started on April 22, claimed the life of a former Cambridge fire chief and burned over 44,000 acres of land.

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The wildfire spread to parts of Red Willow, Furnas and Frontier Counties.  It even spread to parts of northern Kansas.

On Friday, the Nebraska Type 3 Incident Management Team assumed control over the wildfire from the Rocky Mountain Complex Incident Management Team.

“These local fire departments will be faced with a lot of needs and concerns as they continue to monitor and patrol the area after the outside resources have departed,” said Matt Holte, Nebraska Forest Service incident commander.  “We want to make sure they have recovered from their extraordinary efforts in the first days of this fire.”

IMT crews will begin focusing their efforts on the Republican River corridor south of Highway 6.  Trees and vegetation are still smoldering in the area, NEMA says.

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“It was one team, one voice working with great cohesiveness and cooperation. The state would like to thank the team for its professionalism and dedication as it served the citizens of our state,” said Earl Imler, NEMA preparedness and operation manager.

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