Grass Fire Serves as Reminder During Dry, Windy Conditions

Grand Island Rural and St. Libory fire crews battled a blaze north of Grand Island Monday afternoon.

The two departments came to the scene around 2 p.m. They believe the flames could be a rekindled fire from a blaze at the same site just three days before.

The flames spread from an area of high grass and dead trees to nearby piles of used railroad ties.

The windy, dry conditions only helped the fire spread.

"We hope that nobody will even burn in a permitted barell at this point in time. Just simply, don't burn, period," G.I. Rural Fire Chief Chuck Hoffman said. "The only thing that will help it - as far as future events like this, is that the general public becomes aware that with the conditions that we have and that fires start much more easily now that they would normally at this time of the year."

Hoffman added that the recent lack of precipitation is playing into how quickly flames can travel.

According the Nebraska Forest Service, nearly the entire state is in "Extreme Burn Danger."