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The Nebraska State Patrol, in conjunction with the Nebraska Department of Roads and Nebraska Emergency Management Agency are encouraging motorists with travel plans in areas of Nebraska affected by wildfires to check travel routes for road closures.
“From motorcycle traffic headed to Sturgis, to campers and family vehicles on their way to vacation destinations, this is a very busy time on Nebraska roads,” said Colonel David Sankey, Superintendent of the Nebraska State Patrol. “Wildfires burning across north-central Nebraska mean an increase in emergency vehicles and road closures, which could affect travel plans.”
As of Tuesday, July 24, wildfires continue to burn in Keya Paha, Brown and Cherry Counties. Highway 12 from the Keya Paha County line to the Cherry County line (Springview to Valentine) is closed. Travelers headed to South Dakota are encouraged to avoid Highway 12 as well as Highway 7 at this time. Highways 83 and 183 remain open for travel.
Travelers are reminded to allow extra time for unanticipated delays as they may encounter normal seasonal highway construction work and maintenance operations on other highways north and south across Nebraska.
Colonel Sankey said, “We thank everyone for their patience and encourage all travelers to take a little extra time to plan ahead.”