Thousands of dollars raised for firefighter burned by Lancaster County wildfires

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) — A new estimate shared by Crete Fire and Rescue reveals that about 9,000 acres were burned during Sunday’s wildfires, which 24 departments responded to.

Officials are also now saying three firefighters were injured in the efforts: the two from Crete that Channel 8 has previously reported on, as well as a member of the Southwest Rural Fire Department.

Brad Elder is the only firefighter still in the hospital as of Wednesday morning.

Crete Fire said he has burns on over 20% of his body, but like the other injured firefighters, he’s expected to recover.

Officials also went into more depth on what led to his burns.  They say the rapidly moving flames overtook him and another Crete firefighter as they were protecting a home.

That other firefighter used a hose to extinguish the flames around Elder and get him back to a safe place.

A GoFundMe has been launched to help cover Elder’s medical expenses.  It’s already raised more than $14,000 as of Wednesday night.

Fire crews from Lancaster, Saline, Gage, Seward and Johnson Counties helped get the flames under control.

Agencies like Bennet Fire are now asking more people to answer the call and join their ranks.

Officials say they’re putting together a recruit class next month.

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