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Fire Blackens Fields in Central Nebraska

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Firefighters from eight departments have contained a fire that blackened several hundred acres in central Nebraska.

The flames briefly threatened a homestead near the Custer-Dawson county line. No injuries and no damage to structures were reported.

Custer County emergency manager Shawn Owens says a spray plane helped firefighters. Nebraska Highway 21 was blocked off periodically so the plane could land and reload with water.

Owens says an initial estimate is that more than 2 square miles were charred. The fire cause is being investigated.

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