NE Crews Working in Rough Terrain


A wildfire in Nebraska’s manmade national forest has torched around 1,000 acres and forced emergency crews to struggle in rugged, sandy terrain.

Officials by late Monday afternoon had contained 50 percent of the blaze at the Nebraska National Forest, a spokesman for the U.S. Forest Service reported. The fire, one of 11 reported after a dry lightning storm Saturday, is in the Sandhills at the Bessey Ranger District in the north-central part of the state.

Tim Buskirk, a district ranger for the U.S. Forest Service in Nebraska, said strong winds and high temperatures have complicated efforts to contain the fire, which started around 1 p.m. Saturday. Buskirk said crews the firefighters have struggled to reach the fire about 22 miles southeast of Halsey, which is only accessible through one-lane gravel roads.

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