VIDEO: 4-mile fire burning along the Niobrara River

SPENCER, Neb. (KHGI) — Multiple fire crews are working to control a four-mile-wide fire caused by lightning.

The flames were ignited Wednesday night along the Niobrara River, just south of Spencer, in Holt County.

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Holt County Emergency Manager Deb Hilker said fire crews arrived on scene around 7 pm and the fire has not spread since then.

Hilker commented that up to 13 different fire departments from both Nebraska and South Dakota responded.

Hilker said up to 13 fire departments from both Nebraska and South Dakota were called to the fire.

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She confirmed that one small cabin and a shed had been affected by the fire. No one was inside either of the structures.

Some planes are expected to be brought in Thursday afternoon to help extinguish hot spots, says Hilker.

Nearby residents are encouraged to stay away from the area.

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