Fresh Crews Arrive to Fight Nebraska Fire

Officials said Monday that more fire crews have been sent to help battle a sweeping brush fire in Nebraska, reports

Three more ground crew teams of about 20 firefighters each are expected on the lines soon, replacing some local volunteers. Winds gusting to 30 mph are expected to fan the flames.

An overnight aerial survey using infrared technology provided officials with an updated estimate of about 50,000 acres burned, compared with previous estimates approaching 100,000 acres.

A U.S. Forest Service management team took charge of the fire after officials elevated it to a Type 2 on Sunday, said Douglas Fox of the Region 24 Emergency Management Agency. In that scenario, an incident commander is called in to coordinate efforts with the Nebraska Emergency Management Agency and local officials.

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