4 firefighters injured battling southwest Nebraska blaze

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CULBERTSON, Neb. -- Authorities say four firefighters have been injured battling a field blaze in southwest Nebraska.

Red Willow Western Rural Fire Department firefighter Billie Cole told the McCook Daily Gazette that one of the four was treated at Community Hospital in McCook for burns on his face and arms. She says the other three suffered lesser burns and were not hospitalized.

The department had joined the Culbertson department in fighting the fire Monday. Wind kicked up and spread flames from a burning pile of rotten lumber at a farmstead demolition project northwest of Culbertson.

Culbertson Fire Chief Rich Sensel says the blaze blackened nearly 260 acres of corn stubble, conservation land and trees. Nearly 60 firefighters responded.