Third grass fire in 5 days breaks out near McCook

Officials say latest blaze was started by chains dragging on dry grass

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) — For the third time in five days, the Red Willow Western Rural Fire Department was called to a grass fire near McCook.

This latest one began Sunday afternoon, east of the community.

Authorities say it was caused by trailer chains dragging on the dry grass.

Crews got to it quickly and were able to put it out before the flames spread out of control.

The department is again reminding everyone to make sure their chains are secure before going for a drive.

North of McCook, the Mile Marker 26 Fire is 75% contained as of Monday morning.

Officials say they’re continuing to monitor smoke and flames in the area.

It’s burned at least 800 acres since the fire began near Hugh Butler Lake on Wednesday.

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